TT - I organise the pacers, so may or may not run this year, but will be there. Did run the sub 1h30 team two years ago. Course is pretty quick & all closed roads. Couple of small undulations but Marders still went sub-70 on a training run last year. Plenty of my mates PB'd.
Also, Sonia O'Sullivan runs it so you can get yourself a selfie if you like.
TV coverage of marathons & road racing by the BBC is awful. Compare with Eurosport or even US coverage.
I like Cram and Paula can be pretty insightful on tactics etc; but there is/was no background on any of the Brits (or anyone else). If I can know which races they've run, what their PBs are, their head to head records, what jobs they do, what clubs they represent, and so on.....it's inexcusable for the commentary team not to know it. They even have researchers to do the work for them.
Paula being unable to pronounce Jo Zakrzewski's name was embarrassing. Look it up in advance FFS. I doubt she'd even heard of her until that morning.
No offence HR, but without the charity stories and the fancy dressers, the BBC seem at a loss to deal with it as a two hour plus serious sporting event.
For a sport so heavy on statistics, timings and numbers, the BBC seem almost scared of them. I recommend listening to the Tony Reavis (US commentator) interview on Marathon Talk a couple of years back. He sums up the issue very well.