I have run 19 marathons and experimented with many things, however over the last year I have kept all my training predominantly water based and avoided any artificial sugar/gels etc. This took some getting used to initially but I believe it has contributed to my body becoming better at using it's own resources. The last two marathons (Valencia and Berlin) I have managed a slight negative split (Valencia) and lost only 90 seconds (in Berlin-second half compared to first half).
In both cases i used gels every 25 mins throughout and really noticed difference. To put this in context I believe I generally pace my marathons nquite well but have suffered signicant second half drop off in the past despite my pacing.
Cheers Cake, yes Edinburgh was of interest but the cost involved is prohibitive for three of us. Flights, hotel etc. Nope looks like this is the best option, have just sorted my accommodation with a friend locally and about to enter..............................
Reckon you might have talked me into it. We have friends in the area so it would make a nice weekend trip, might even catch a beer. I will confirm over the next few days that I have entered once all other ducks are lined up and ready to fly.