I really think you're losing thread participants over this. It's just too irritating trying to find bookmarked threads. I find it hard to believe that such a major website as RW cannot resolve this issue but if you can't then perhaps you should just do a system restore back to the old version.
Bearsted - Well done to daughter. It was a great day on Sunday.
Colin - I stay at one of several B&Bs/ Guest houses on and around Osborne Road. Easy to walk to the start from there. Always a bit of a nightmare getting back into Newcastle afterwards but I prefer the easy bit at the start. There's also some of the Travelodge type places at the other end of the city. Bit of an uphill saunter to the start from those. Newcastle Uni has accommodation very near the start and they make that available (including pasta dinner the night before I believe). All worth a look. You'll also find people cancel their bookings much nearer the time when some decide not to run for whatever reason. Just keep checking the websites regularly.