I had planned to do the CTS Gower trail marathon today, but when I arrived it was wet windy and forecast to get worse, so as I was only doing it for fun because it's a lovely area and didn't have any targets, changed plan slightly and opted for the half. Whilst I enjoyed my "run" I never regretted opting for the shorter distance, terrain (very muddy and slippy especially on the steep ups and downs) meant I probably hiked as much as I ran! Pushing cars out of the muddy parking field also provided some good cross training at the end!
Hi Marty, sounds like a great event and a good qualifying time. Lowrez, next time you update the list could you add me for Portsmouth coastal and Winter Tanners (I've now joined the LDWA, it was cheaper to join and pay the members rate, than it is to just enter Winter Tanners and it was a bargain in the first place, so I might be looking to do a few more of their events as training runs.... Or just as nice walks!)
Hi Debra, London isn't too late, as qualifying doesn't close to 2nd May, and lots of people will do this, but my concern with it would be if anything goes wrong with your London plans, eg you get struck down with a horrible bug a few days before, then you don't have time for a back up option, my thinking would be plan run one early (anytime between and end March), whatever fits with your training plans, and get qualifying safely out of the way, then there is no pressure on London ( and if you do a better time than your earlier qualifier you can update your entry to change start pen), there is a list a few pages back showing various marathons other forunmites are running. Last year as a first timer, I found it really helpful getting to say hello to some of the forunmites at these events and hear some of their experiences about running comrades or logistics, also was nice to be reassured that these people who had successfully done it previously, are just normal runners and note elite athletes!