Mark, I have a photo of you (well, he's wearing your number!) about 7 metres behind me 200 metres from the finish, so I can definitely confirm that you finished in the time you said!! If you want to see the photo, I could email it to you.
I think I must have finished near you Mark, as I did (according to my watch) 48.29 - forgot to look at the official time - I agree that it would have been nice to see the finish but the organizers were let down somewhat by the council not letting them have their usual field for the finish, so I think it was difficult for them to find a finish position. I was aiming for 47 mins too, but after that first windy half I knew I was fighting a losing battle - but I'm still pleased as I got a PB too. That poor guy got whizzed away in an ambulance, but not sure of his state - he was out cold when I went past :-(
DG - why not go for 55 minutes? Or if you thank that's still a bit too easy for you, you could try and do a 5k training run at what you think is your 10k pace (ie don't go off too fast and finish on your knees!) and time it, multiply by 2 and aim for that. Alternatively, just go out and race at a pace you feel comfortable with and be pleasantly surprised at the finish!
Alun, couldn't understand what distance you run in 45 minutes - was it 10k? If so, you should be giving me advice as I'd love to be able to run that fast only doing 2 runs a week!! If you want to improve, look at the schedules for 10k on this site; you can pick one depending on how many times a week you want to run and how many weeks you have to plan before your race.
I have a 'vague' plan! I just try and do the same races each year and improve in them (10 mile ones earlier in the year followed by 10k). In the summer I don't race and just relax and do easy runs. I don't have much inclination to do a marathon as I don't fancy all the extra mileage during training - I think my knees would protest! Yours sounds like a pretty good plan in the sense that you're gradually working up in distance and have time to adjust. I'm sure you'll achieve your goals.
Like your hubby, most people here at work think I'm barking when I tell them that I had an 'enjoyable run' - they say that the words 'enjoyable' and 'run' can never be used together... they look at me like I need therapy! (they're probably right, actually) :-)