Hi Run Wales, I quite quickly realised that 55 miles was too much for me both in terms of mileage and time to fit it all in, so I shaved off some of the easy miles and made sure that I kept the quality sessions. I am very happy with a 5 and a half minute PB and a 45 min 'London PB' from when I ran it 2 years ago. So it can be done on less if needed, just keep to the basic principles, all plans need to be adapted to what is best for the individual.
Did we run past the Cutty Sark? I realised later that I didn't see it!
I forgot to say that a good moment was when I was at about 13 miles Richard Whitehead was coming up the other way approaching mile 23 I think, he got a great reception from all around.
I haven't had much time to read back but the little bits I have seen look good, NP sorry it didn't go so well.
Unfortunately I ate a bit too close to the start and actually got stitch as I crossed the start line, this continued for the first 12 miles. Lesson learned! I took a 2 minute toilet break at mile 8. I didn't have a bad race but didn't really feel 'comfortable' at any stage until 18 miles, then I got my head right and was counting down the miles but my legs still wouldn't go any faster!
Anyway finished in 4.24 which is a 5.5 minute pb, and my best moment was stopping to give my Dad a big hug and kiss at mile 23 . just as I crossed the finish line they said over the loud speaker that they were just expecting Ewan Thomas any minute so pleased to come in before him.
I am not leaving any gels etc at the stand as I think I will be carrying all that I need, I might grab the odd jelly baby, but if you get the chance for a photo that would be great, a tall order perhaps with so many runners. Looking forward to Sunday, I know it gave me a lift last time having the mile 17 support to look forward to, I was thinking about it from 15 onwards