My target time I entered when I entered was 48 min so I completely agree with you. Bodes well for the club championship in October if I hook everything up however that is a much hillier course. I can't wait until the entries are open for next year because I really enjoyed the race. Chris has said I always do better than expected on the big races especially if they are in London. Only draw back is they are so expensive.
This was meant to be a relaxing weekend in London followed the race, however due to the costs involved in moving the hotel was cancelled and we went up by train. Got there in plenty of time and felt really pleased that the clouds were starting to disappear. I'd decided to start at the back of the pen and let the speedier people go because of the training I'd managed to fit in (maximum of 3.5 miles in the last couple of weeks). I don't usually run with 1k auto lap alerts on my Garmin but decided to and that paid off as it showed that I'd started much too quickly as went through the 1st k in 6:35. Found someone who was going really slowly and ran with her for about 30 secs and this helped me reset my pace to something I could have only dreamed of maintaining for the whole race. Looked at my average pace at the 3k and 4k marks and was really surprised to see the average pace still hovering at 10:55 (ish) mile pace. This was maintained until about 7k when I felt myself start to slow up and the watch was showing 11:05 average pace. Managed to speed up a bit and when I got to the 8k marker started working out finishing times. Once I'd done that started to get a bit weepy because I realised that I was easily looking at my second quickest 10k time. Got my concentration back and wondered if a sub 70 min time was possible and tried to pick up the pace a bit more which was painful as I'd not done any speedwork in months. 9k marker and knew a sub 70 min time was possible but by 400m to go there was no sprint finish in me. I did rally round when I saw someone walking with about 300m to go and she started running and we managed to keep pace and finish hand in hand. Stopped my watch at 1:10:09 and the chip time was 1:10:06. Picked up the goody bag (with a lovely bit of bling in it and sized t-shirt which I wasn't expecting, thought it was going to be one size fits all). Had to walk what seemed like ages to get through the baggage area and meet up with Chris. Grabbed lunch from a Tesco Express on the way back to the train station and didn't even have to wait for the train.
Mile splits 10:58, 10:46, 10:54, 11:06, 11:38, 10:20 and for the last .2 of a mile 10:18. Even managed to run a negative split as to the 5k point my time was 35:28 and for the last 5k 34:38.