bufo - You description of the Boost suggests they might suit me specifically for the marathon. I'll look out for an online bargain between now and Berlin, or maybe I can earn myself some vouchers to soften the financial hit! Sensible sounding recovery plan.
Being the glass-half-full type I'm currently reflecting on the excellent timing of my cold which has taken the last couple of days to get to its current gunky stage. D'oh! I was cheekily considering an enter-on-day stab at the Viccy Park Open 5 tomorrow but that's looking unlikely. A rest will probably do me good before I start building up to the BMAF 10k in a couple of weeks.
Surely the idea of age category prizes is to give us more mature folk the chance to race for something once we're, er, beyond our prime? (I'm allowed to talk like this, cos I'm old.) Surely a V35 woman is no more over the hill than a V35 man? I don't see why it has anything to do with the number of women that happen to be another 35 years older.
Don't girls mature quicker than boys, but live longer? 'snot fair!
Technically there is V35 male but that seems to be for track rather than road - except for the odd event I can think of such as the British Masters' 10k champs I'm doing in a few weeks which has V35-45, etc... as age brackets for team classification. All very confusing and archaic!
If I was organising categories for a race I'd probably just go with convention to save any headaches, but it is a bit of an anomaly IMO.