Dids - there was no way on earth that Mo Farah ever had any intention of running at the Commonwealth Games. I am certain that the organisers would have asked him to keep news of his non-participation quiet until after the games had started, so as not to devalue the event with yet another high-profile big name withdrawal.
I think he is taking an easy option by running the less competitive European champs, rather than taking on the Africans at the Commonwealths. Probably a commercial decision as much as a sporting one. Wouldn't do his profile much good to get spanked whilst not fully fit. As a fan of the sport, I'm not particularly impressed.
On the other hand, I don't mind admitting to being massively excited for Marigold this week. Doing it for those of us who were never good enough or committed enough to make it.
There's a nice little video here on the BBC website of him. Includes a picture I took of him outside the Red Lion a couple of years ago!!
Tmoth - that's a fine effort. Eating on long runs is much harder than it sounds; I've still not got a strategy that works after 12 years of ultras. Not sure whether the repetition or the distance/time is the hardest part of a race like that. Don't think it appeals to me to be honest. Give me mud, trails & hills every time.
Dachs, Bufo - wow, those are superb 5k times. My only ambition is to break 17 mins again at parkrun. Did it 2.5 years ago, and just assumed I'd get quicker. Never happened.
Had a look at the CG marathon schedule for Sunday. Says that the men's race starts at 9.02am and the women's at 9.30am. Four lap course, so not sure how that's going to work. Sounds a bit confusing to me.