"Ask anyone who has achieved anything in life to tell you about the teacher who told them they’d never amount to anything" May I suggest you follow your own advice and start with Mo Farah? It was his teacher who told him he had a talent and encouraged him to run. It's very easy to pick on teachers RW, you're better than that.
I'm looking for a flat half marathon. I'm not the fittest and run 10k in about 60 mins and want to do a half in my 40th year so would like to make a weekend of it! DOES ANY ONE KNOW OF A HALF IN EUROPE ON THE 17th/16th FEB (I'm a teacher and half term means I can run and eat AND drink for a weekend!) As always, really appreciate your advice. P.