I didn't really have a target time, vaguely 2:55, as my training didn't really give me a clue as to what I could achieve. So I went of reasonably easy and tried not get sucked into being panicky getting stuck behind people. Was very surprised how quick I was going by the first marker, just after 6:30 and under 13 at 2. First 5k came at under 20 which was equally suprising as I had at no time run that pace in training or even close with any sort of comfort.
Anyway carried on gradually getting a little slower, reached halfway at 1:24:08 way ahead of what I expected. Mile 18 was the slowest at 6:53 (that was quite an uphill drag for a while wasn't it? Not according to my GPS!). Got a bit of a lift just before I passed 30k by being passed by Jools (who was annoyingly cheerful), the only person I recognise from the pictures on the forum. Managed to keep my form reasonably till about 22 miles where it became really painful and I reverted to my staring at the floor 'I'm knackered' style and kept a reasonable pace going. I was so tired I missed some friends of mine at Cannon Street who had made a banner for me
Anyway finished in 2:51:04, just behind James Cracknell (shook his had) - who I was apparently near the whole race and never noticed. I was a little ahead of Jensen Button who I passed wound mile 4 (he's bigger than I thought).
So 6:31 a mile when my fastest training of any distance (14 miles) was 6:39 and my HR averaged over 160 doing that.
Still need to resolve the bonking I get from 18-22 miles happens pretty much everytime. Missed a few long runs but not sure that would do it, well.
Just been going through the stats and my fastest mile was 6:06 (mile 4) and the fastest 5k 19:33 (5-10k). My HRM didn't work for some reason which was a bit frustrating.
I was thinking this may be my last marathon but might do an autumn one now, I won't be doing another spring one though, the training is way too difficult to do in the winter over here. I passed 74 and was passed by 37 in the last 7.2k so not as bonked as I thought.
As a Middlesbrough supporter no thanks from me re-Bournmouth CRAB
CW, ah you beat my age-grading, 83.01, better than last years 82.?? at Edinburgh PP, Hope the foot clears up.
Surprised myself with 2:51:04, 1:24:08 at halfway, so was struggling later on. Passed by jools at 30k who was irritatingly cheery .
Calf is very sore and was during the race but didn't go so can't complain.
Big grats to hooks, we, tt, padams, so and ad.