Big G - I think some of the thoughts on multiple marathons needs to be reconsidered. For instance, the guy that organises the ultra and double marathon that Iain is/has done is a fine example. A couple of years ago he was doing I think it was 30 marathons in 30 days and went on to do his first sub 3 marathon part way through the 30 days.
My last 2 marathon PB's have been when I've run a marathon the week before and I'm sure mowzer is probably the same.
Of course the difference with the elites is that they have a punishing training schedule of several months of 120 mile weeks and by the time they race their target race they are close to that fine line between injury and supreme fitness so need to rest to recover.
Just entered Loch Ness for 2017 as price goes up after 31/10/2016. Must enter Belfast too for the same reason. Entered Gloucester marathon yesterday, that price goes up too next week.
Big G - I guess you'd swop the sessions around to put your race in, are there no guidelines about what to do, or do they assume you'll follow the plan to the letter? I wouldn't advise any tapering for those races so no need to take rest days before or after the races, unless it just happens to be a rest day, but obviously you'd not want to do any work sessions on those days.
It's good to have the option of postal entry, last year I had to do a postal entry for the Cornish as if I wanted to pay by card I had to open an account with PayPal, as it took me months to get PayPal to close my account I wasn't going to do that again. I did complain to the RO and this year the facility to check out as a 'guest' is there, so I assume I wasn't the only one to complain. DD was postal entry too. Mind you stamps aren't cheap now.
Cal - annoying that heel niggle, hopefully it will just go away of it's own accord.
Jugula - that is great news, a PB is a PB but especially sweet as you had a DNF last time at Bilbao, so a great achievement. Hope you're enjoying the celebrations and we look forward to the report when you get home.
Lily - well done on getting your entry in for Yorkshire next year, plenty of time to do a long slow build up. I'd heard that Brass Monkey sold out in record time.