Also, don't get me wrong re Halstead - I thought it was one of the best organised marathons I've done and they had a really nice touch by putting people's names on the race numbers and trying to match the number to the person. It was just a very bad day in the office, not helped by a crazily optimistic pacing schedule!
Abingdon does sell out quickly and I suspect it may well have sold out for this year. Worth getting your name on the waiting list though.
If you fancy a reasonably flat run that also happens to pass through Abingdon, then there's always the Thames Trot in February.
DS2 - yes. I've done Halstead once - a very warm run in which I suffered badly from cramp from about 18 miles and somehow struggled home. 3 times at Abo, including 2 PBs. Even though I didn't make it a hat trick on the third time, I had the pleasure of running most of it with MsE which more than made up for the disappointment.
OG - so your VLSR is, er, only 2 mins slower than my PB. Ouch! Sounds like you'd recommend it in the build up so might have to see how I feel come February.
Gul - I've moved onto pastures new so I'm afraid Alan is in my dim and distant past. Might get a chance to meet Charlie Dimmock in the not too distant future though.
Poacher - have a great time. Green fingers, black toes - you sound like something out of The Gruffalo!
DS2 - don't worry. Abingdon is a lot flatter and consequently much faster than Halstead. Weather conditions should also be in your favour.
PMJ - that's alot of travelling but what price can you put on a "proud Dad moment"? Thankfully younger Lorenzito prefers the 800m so at least I get a couple of minutes worth of entertainment / parental stress.
SJ - impressive Jeremy Beadle moment on the bike. Did anyone get any pictures?
I've got two nights away on another tour of the UK's top tourist spots, so can anyone recommend good running routes in either Doncaster or Sunderland?