Great - my wife is already there so we will probably use a cab. And as she is already there I can get one person access to the BA biz lounge if you want breakfast. Bit early for beer unfortunately but I don't mind if anyone is travelling solo.
I'm in a mess after a bad Berlin and two local ultras since, so will just be taking it easy on the day.
I'm running this too, and my wife is Turkish if anyone needs any help. I'm flying out BA at 9.40 on Friday and going straight to the expo. Could probably share a cab if anyone is doing the same. The expo is quite some way from the old town, but much nearer the airport.
I agree trail marathons may be the way to go - easier mentally because of more variety and changing scenery. If you ever get anywhere near Colchester, try this one - www.stourvalleymarathon.co.uk - 7 hour cut-off.
There are quite a few local to me - it depends where u are ? There are groups on facebook and probably on here if you can find them - notably Liz Smith and Paddy O'Flynn along the Essex / Suffolk border area.