Selbs I know it's very hard to estimate re the conditions but what I will say in sheltered parts in that first 17.5 miles I found myself ticking along at sub 5:30 per mile pace vs an average pace across the race of 5:40 with no increase in effort. And I do think you feel the wind more if you're going closer to the limit. I wouldn't have minded that weather too much on a long run although it would have peed me off a bit. Still there's never anything that one can do about the weather so I'm not complaining just feels good that I think there's more to come off because of the shitty weather!
TT - tempting but we're expecting baby RJ no 2 at the beginning of October so not sure me disappearing for the weekend a couple of weeks later would go down too well.
It was 7 seconds actually SL 2:28:32 (for 8th place selbs). and yes I did run like a moron last year. I was most upset, but not surprised when you came sauntering past. I'm sure the weather alone was worth a couple of minutes on Sunday and I ran from 10k to the end on my own so no respite from the conditions until the turn, or the benefit of running in a group (if there is any? still not convinced). I'm also carrying a bit of an injury so hopeful I'll be knocking on that 2:25 door at VLM next year. Hope you and Padams can join me, but I wouldn't mind if you cant quite keep hold of me.
I've heard today that folks are going to be ok to get a GFA/champs spot from Edinburgh so top stuff selbs but PO10 wont consider the rankings unless EMF publish a full and comprehensive list of results. Means I may have to look for an autumn marathon after all!