Nice one! I've only been working there since April this year, but have known Mark for a while. He's a top, top fella. He's actually in Spain now - his partner's contract came to an end in Lyon, she had a few other offers etc but ended up going to a Language School in Spain. Mark being Mark was just 'yeah, whatever' and went with it. I was speaking to him last night actually! He's doing a Mara in just under 3 weeks and is in decent nick I think - maybe the sub-2'30 might be broken finally. Fingers crossed for him.
No ideas on the thief but yes, all I've got is the acceptance thing. You'll get another similar magazine/letter in March time with final instructions, info re the race, expo etc. You'll need to take this letter with you (along with ID) to the Expo to collect your number, timing chip etc. That's all you'll get - the initial 'you're in' thing in Oct, the follow up thing in March.
Oh and well toughed out at Valencia Banksy - it was always a big ask given the build up but you gave yourself a shot at it. The man-flu and conditions didn't help matters either so well played fella. Got a feeling you run for Sheff Tri too? If so I run for the orange vested lot from Barnsley. Also work at Sweatshop at Meadowhall if you ever fancy any shoes which are £50 more expensive than anywhere else
Well so much for my 'rest' day. 24.76 miles with 34,986 feet of ascent. Not running, but the distance I covered at the swimming pool when I took my little girl to play on the big slides. I had to have a couple of gels just to keep me going.
Welcome to Finish Gantry too As others have said, just keep doing what you're doing. If you'd done a flat, calm race on NY Mara day you'd have possibly already bagged the sub-3 anyway. Given your choices I'd do VLM too. Absolutely no doubt re that at all. London isn't a slow course. Unless your name is Dan A and then you're fecked.
Speaking of which - when's your Mara Dan? This weekend? If so good luck mate. The running gods haven't been too kind to you really (other than allowing you to meet me obviously) - so you're due a bit of luck. Non essere merda fella