Brief running history: I am 56 and have been running for about 25 years, initially just to get fit, and didn't enter any races until about 10 years ago. Did my first marathon in London in 2000 and have since done it 4 times. Have also done Berlin and New York. My times have been between 4:11 and 4:26. I've done numerous half marathons, 10 milers and 10kms either locally or within Europe. I usually do my local - the Reading Half - in fancy dress; collecting money in a bucket for my club, Reading Roadrunner's nominated charity. I mainly run on road, keeping to an average weekly mileage of about 30-35 miles, but also like off road and multi terrain. I practise yoga, which is a great strengthener of mind and body, and do regular gym sessions to strengthen the core and upper body. Why train me? I had to defer my 2008 London place because of problems with my achilles but hope that this is at last cured and I feel almost "back to normal". I've lost focus on my running goals, partly due to the injury and parlty to the feeling of getting old. Some individual, dedicated and committed training is needed to get me back on track to re-gain my good for age time, which I achieved in 2006. Predicted marathon time: within 4:15, but to break the 4 hour barrier, just once, would be wonderful.
How many hills do there have to be for a course not to be flat? Veterans of the Henley course either love or hate the hill just over half way round. Perhaps because it's so long you forget you're going uphill!!