There was one chap walking on the pavement just after 21 miles and he was bent over to the left, but still walking (if you can imagine that). I asked him if he was alright and there was no-one home, eyes glazed, so I mentioned it to the marshalls. I think they stopped him to make sure he was OK, but I don't see how he would have got to the end the way he was going.
Shielsy - it is a good point you make. At times I was running faster just to try and find a spot to get out of the way of them.
Fiona/Shielsy - weather was really good for running yesterday, and the scenery made it pleasant. The scenery did make it for me. The traffic was horrible in places, and I felt that whilst cars were trying to give respect to the runners (there were a LOT of signs up warning drivers of the runners and advising of a 20mph speed limit), I did feel a lot of drivers were getting impatient and some did seem to be driving closer to runners than they would have if the person had been on a bike. I wouldn't do it again for that reason. The first 9 miles are traffic free and they were very pleasant indeed. It was only after 15 or 16 miles that the traffic became noticable.
Bearsted - they had even run out of coffee as a mocha is often my choice if I have forgotten my drink (it happens a lot). I asked if I was too late to get a coffee at the coffee stand and they said "Yes, by about an hour and a half. We ran out."
What is the world coming to when you run out of coffee?????
Rachael - are you driving or coming up by train? I am staying at Premier Inn Washington (just off J64 of the A1M) and they often have a few rooms going, but it's not cheap.