Heavy rain here too, been at the West Lothian Highlands Games which was a total wash-out but my OH was second in the hill race, so it was worth going to. He's going to follow P&D up to 55 miles also, his mara time is 2.48xx. Hopefully with a structured plan he can get 2.45.
Tom I'm a member of a club but it's a very easy going one. We have 1 session a week, there are 3 groups to choose from. Some people just race for the club and never come to training, there's no issue with that. I'm really glad I joined a club as meeting and learning from other runners has been invaluable. You also get a lot more support if you are running in club colours!
The Edinburgh to North Berwick race has been goig since 1958, it's now a 20miler but has been longer in the past, don't know anything about the history of it though.
The Nigel Barge 10k in Glasgow has been going since 1943, Nigel Barge was killed in action in Dunkirk during World War II, he was a keen athlete and his dad was a Maryhill Harrier, the club still hold the race.
There must be loads especially as London is a relatively new race
The Tom Scott 10 mile race has been going since 1962
from their website: This race is run to perpetuate the memory of Tom Scott, whose life was tragically cut short when he was fatally injured in a motor traffic accident on Friday 31st March 1961. He had been travelling south with the intention of competing in the Doncaster to Sheffield Marathon. Tom, who was 29 years of age at his death, was a very fine long distance runner from Law Village. He was a member of Motherwell YMCA Harriers Club and from 1953 to 1955 he was their club champion.