Mort & GBM - thanks for the support and advice. Mort - you are a lot less scary in real life than in the virtual world - you'll have to work on that! I think I'll have to check out the Steps since I don't think I can listen to 68 Guns twice a day for a fortnight.
Like TST, I've recently embarked on my 60th year. So far, so good. Running is OK, memory seems all right. However, I do have one dilemma. In the last 2 weeks, I find I've been listening to the Smiths a lot. Is this curable, or do I have to learn to live with it?
My 3.31 at yesterday's Northumberland Castles Marathon may have been a PW, but given that only 2 finishers went sub 3.20 and my time was good enough for 10th OA in an admittedly small field, I guess was a consolation of sorts. Apart from being v hilly, particularly in the 2nd half, the winds gusting to 40mph were brutal. Although the roads weren't closed, the route was great - we must have passed within a mile of Poacher's at one point. A HM organised by the team followed the 2nd part of the route, which helped to explain and justify how the organisers could put on an M with only 74 finishers. Nice to get water with sport tops rather than cups. As it was a point to point M the only downside was waiting almost 2 hours for coach back to Alnwick. Ordinarily spending time in lovely village in the shadow of Bamburgh Castle would be no hardship but after a tough M is not one of those times. After the disappointment of missing Boston and much of the Sumner racing season due to injury, I'm glad to have done it.