Nick was in my sights at Wokey this year; both finished in 76:xx but he was a good 30 secs ahead. His Brighton run was a 30 sec PB too.
Saw GR at Abo in 2013 where he ran 2h56. Pretty good for a dodger. Earlier that year we were running together at Bramley, where I remember comparing our 2:45:0x PB's.
Just found a list of all the races I've done, and updated it a bit with some times. Out of 46 road marathons since 2000, my best three London marathons (out of 12 done) come in at 17th, 20th and 23rd on the list. Not a happy hunting ground.
Gobi - was 2h42. Had a chat with him after the finish. Solo run with a tricky wind so a very solid result. Brighton has a real problem with attracting depth of decent runners being so close to VLM & Manchester. Most of the sub 2h30 runners choosing Manc over London or elsewhere due to Brit only prizes and the chance of a good competitive race, while the champs & GFA lot choose London.
I fear for Brighton's future considering it was their stated aim to be the UK's no.2 marathon.
Good luck SJ in Manc (should be a great race up front with no Kenyans, and Marders going for the win) and to TJB in Boston. Clubmate of mine just squeaked a sub3 18 months ago in Chicago, but has improved to the point of a realistic sub 2h30 in Boston.
TR - will go and have a read, cheers. Don't let CRAB put you off.
TickTock - Gunnersbury probably. Need to see if I can run in the outfit at all, let alone whether I can go sub 3 in it. Will put a photo up before next week.