secret to London now is not to worry about the pens or early pace just go steady. Its overcrowded till about mile 17. Stay in good nick then assess it from then. Worry about a pb somewhere else. London Marathon is a charity fun run.
Did it 2 years ago and managed a pb 3.14 . I enjoyed it. First mile is a ridiculous loop up a hill and down a steep slope. Thee was a long climb out past the harbour then back down and a strong sea breeze. Last few miles are a slog to the Power Station and round back along the promenade. Starting area did porridge and the usual. Do some hill training so the long hill doesnt wear you out.
Stratford Marathon is laps. Dont do that first. Loch Ness is good as are Brighton and Jersey. Peronally I would do Loch Ness or Jersey. Jersey is excellent. Quite hard but a great place. Doing Berlin this year myself.
I injured my knee on July 6th. Silly thing where I was stood by the waters edge and the bank collapsed under my left with with a fierce jolt. I had problems after this for a few weeks and have had an x-ray and an MRI scan. I was convinced I had torn my cartiledge but the surgeon assured me I had a bad bone bruise on the head of my left tibia. I stopped running and cycled to keep fit. 4 months on I am trying to run once a week. Running isnt too painfull. Problem is always after. If I sit down when I stand my left leg is numb and the knee cannot take any weight. It is almost paralysed. It also is difficult to get the leg comfortable in bed. I ran 10 miles last night to test it out and the running isnt to bad but afterwards its awfull. I am in Berlin next year. I have started icing the knee every day but what can I do to speed up recovery??? Apparently my cartiledges and ligaments are fine.