I ran York last year - will be back supporting another runner this year.
The OAB (Out And Back) to Stamford Bridge wasn't that bad for me. The crowds as you hit the outskirts of the village were epic and my Garmin KM splits show I sped up, then realised I got a bit carried away and slowed down.
I'll echo Chimney - the second OAB past the road to Dunnington was much harder for me. Felt it was a real mental challenge, battling that inner voice that suggests having a walk for a bit . The crowd at the Donnington road was again awesome but away from them it was tough.
If it helps anyone, this is my Garmin track from last year (the battery went in my HR strap at 34km):
Pudge... toasted Malt Loaf with Marmite is heaven - try it.
I'll add Jaffa Cakes to the list having used them in training and for running the York Marathon this year. Nice and moist to easy to chew through.
My other comment would be to have a variety of food or gels to get through training and the race day. My first marathon attempt was fuelled almost entirely by jelly babies. About half way through the race my stomach decided they were vile and I couldn't face any more. I hit the wall very badly that day.
For York this year I mixed up gels (High5 and Torq), Tangfastics (and other Haribo), Jaffa Cakes and PowerBar Gel Shots.
I've got several pairs of Structure Triaxs (2 x v10s, 1 x v13 and 1 x v14).
When I wanted a new pair a couple of months back, I tried the current Structure on (v16 I think) and found the toe box area was all wrong compared to my trusty v13/v14s. Felt to me like it had been shrunk and was way too tight in the same size (UK 10.5). Kinda odd as it sounds like the Lunarglide 6 went bigger...
Ended up with a pair of Mizuno Wave Inspire 10s instead.
My training for the York Marathon (two weeks ago) was based on 3 to 4 runs per week. Although I roughly planned it for 16 weeks, I kicked off at the start of June to allow for a couple of weeks on holiday. I still ran whilst away but not the distance (though the Picos de Europa & Tuscany proved to be much, much hillier than home!).
Having just exported from Garmin Connect to Excel, I did 58 runs (excluding the marathon), which my abacus says is an average of 3.2 runs per week (over ~18 weeks). I'd say I had a reasonable level of fitness at the start of training, having been doing a mix of cycling and running from the start of the year.
End result was a 47 minute marathon PB, though I would credit a good part of that to not hitting the wall at 30km this time!
I see the TV show is 7am this Sunday on Channel 4. Some photo's are up here
hollandasp - good stuff. York was only my 2nd marathon, so I'm a long way from being a veteran but I felt quite relaxed on Sunday morning at the start. I think knowing what is coming is a huge help in being mental prepared and handling the tough bits when your mind wants you to stop.
I only ran my first half marathon in 2009 and that took 02:03:54. As I previously posted, I lowered my half PB to 01:43:20 this year - so the times will come down not only with being fitter but from knowing your body better and training smarter.
I've taken a lot of confidence from the weekly hill rep' session I was doing up to York. At it's peak I was doing 20 (or might have been 22 as I lost count!) rep's. It's not a very long hill with each leg being about 150m (so ~300m per rep) but means I feel comfortable when coming to a hill on a race.
All the best for the Connemarathon - looks like a great run.