SS - will be in for a meal in the early evening (and tea/coffee in the afternoon); like Chimney am easy although Mrs RJ probably won't eat nearly as much as me!!! I'll grab an early coffee on Saturday morning too.
LB - personal observations from me on the course and Mrs RJ at various points: spectators are usually best in one place as they can be guaranteed to bag a good spot, but the roads are open from just after Pen-y-Gwryd and some spectators try to follow their runners through the second half of the race after Beddgelert where there is generally less traffic and there are more lay-bys to use. If you do suggest that, please ask the car driver(s) to be tolerant of the runners - we tend to wander all over the road, which we shouldn't do as the road is open. Mrs RJ, on the other hand, prefers to jog up the PYG track from Pen-y-pass then down the Llanberis path before lunch, and then jog round the Lynn Padarn forest, do some Christmas shopping and be ready to stand on Llanberis High Street as I come lumbering along like a troll, unable to bend my legs after the descent from Bwlch-y-Groes. One word of warning from Mrs RJ if your spectators are planning on spending the day in Llanberis - if the weather is pants (which it has been more often than not) the cafes get REALLY busy!!
Brer - hope your lurgy clears up in time for the weekend.
FR - the main thing is to enjoy it, we've all been working towards this Saturday for months. I've just done my first hilly event since August, and whilst I finished nearly an hour faster than last year, I didn't add 4 more miles by getting lost . I'm definitely less fit that I had hoped, but only to be expected with the lack of race pace events over the last month. Sadly I'm resigning myself to a course worst on Saturday, but just getting round will be an achievement with a healing quad.
Me too, Brer - GT 1000 are good, although I have run 6 of my 7 previous SNODs in the same pair of GT 2000, and still have them (the upper fabric has worn through, but they're more comfy than slippers!), and switched to a newer pair of 1000 last year.
Walk/jog through the Surrey Hills planned for tomorrow.
Agreed PJL/FR - 2008 definitely the worst SNOD weather, but still a great marathon
#1447 for me - quite appropriate as SNOD should be my 44th marathon of the year and this will be my 7+1 SNOD
I take your points TRex & Chimney - I've been resting lots as well as working my way through two colds, probably courtesy of my daughter and her school chums, and my body trying to repair itself. No training except weekly yoga and my seemingly interminable physio exercises, into which I have thrown my effort wholehertedly in my attempt to get to the SNOD start line. There's still a small fibrous lump on the site of the repair, but it's diminishing in size every week now, and I'm definitely not training too hard or too fast - partly because that would involve training . It could explain why my aerobic fitness has fallen off somewhat over the last 4 weeks...
Thanks for the Pantri update SS - Mrs RJ and I will aim to pop in sometime on Friday afternoon/early evening, and I'll probably call in for a pre-race coffee when you open on Saturday morning (I think you said 8:30??)