I'd also add trying to rehearse using gels/drinks at race intensity if possible, because the demands placed on the gastrointestinal system are greater when running at higher intensity. To put it another way, you might only get a stitch from taking something that disagrees with you, when you're running hard. A warm-up half marathon or 20 mile race is a good time for a proper dress rehearsal.
Alan - 16:15 isn't a bad marker for the next race, but obviously frustrating not to execute pacing as you'd planned. Definitely something that comes with track experience as I tend to look at 200/400/800 splits, then switch off and can run pretty even after that. Having groups to run with can be useful, but in my experience so many people are rubbish at pacing themselves, it often feels easier to do some front running if you're in a good rhythm.
LS21/TT - Best of luck with the rest of the Berlin build-up. I'm half tempted to fly out just to get pissed with you both!
I was up in Newcastle/North Shields/Tynemouth at the weekend for wedding shenanigans, and managed to fit in a couple of very pleasant 14 & 10 mile runs. Sunday's run brought up a fairly modest 169 miles for the month (plus 236 cycling miles), which was affected by a complete week off due to cold. It was a good month for weddings though!
I've just volunteered for more marathon pacing duties. The Richmond Running Festival on 18th September includes a marathon for the first time, and I'm the official sub-3 pacer. MsP's gonna use it as training for her 50k world champs seven weeks later. Anyone else up for it?
Dulwich isn't my official "home" parkrun but is the one I've done most often, and my PB course. It won't surprise you that the others I've done are all slower courses, particularly Hilly Fields (the clue's in the name) - especially Christmas Day on a massive hangover.
Just reading your reviews so far, Southwark is also on my to-do list. And there's a definite possibility I'd be along for Peckham Rye. That's flat but a bit more twisty than Dulwich.
I'm not a regular as such but I suppose there's an outside chance we might meet at Dulwich Park, Brockwell Park, Avery Hill (Greenwich), Hilly Fields, or Norman Park (Bromley). I think that covers all the ones I've done. Peckham Rye, Burgess Park and Danson Park (Bexley) all close by on my to-do list. If you want to know anything about any of them let me know. Good luck!