Samir - you (and this thread) got a special mention in the Gunnersbury race report
Can people please stop urging caution and common sense; that's not what this thread is about. I think 110 mpw is pretty conservative and would recommend at least 140 if you've got serious ambitions at at the marathon. That's only 20 miles a day which shouldn't take more than a couple of hours. 14 hours out of a 168 week is nothing. Dave Bedford was regularly bashing out 200 mile weeks in his prime.
I for one will definitely be back at Gunnersbury in two weeks. Sadly I've no chance of catching Samir but will take the opportunity to hopefully be inspired along to a respectable time. Samir, you have talked the talk and delivered upon it (regardless of what Scott says), so I'll gladly buy you a coffee after. In fact, as it'll be part of a longer run for me, you are more than welcome to join me for another 10 miles up to Richmond Park afterwards if you promise to be gentle with me.
One thing we don't know yet is what costume you wore on Saturday. It's our club Xmas party this weekend with fancy dress theme, and I might go dressed as Samir. Many of our members run/volunteer/direct at Gunnersbury, so I'm sure to win first prize.
BW - take GKD's advice and enter the TDS. I did it last year and thought it was fab. Scroll back a page or two and another runner has posted his race report.
I finished the UTMB both in 2010 (amended) and 2011 (lengthened) although had to miss 2012 through injury, and have no complaints, despite the bitter disappointment of the 2010 cancellation/reprise. Running conditions in the mountains are by their nature variable and you have to accept that sometimes the safety of the participants takes precedent and late changes can occur. The organisers don't take those decisions lightly and to their credit, each year their contingency planning improves.
Besides, there are plenty of other races around Europe that offer very similar distance/profiles if you shop around.