I was with the blue GYR - one of the naughty nurses! Perhaps it depended on your pacer as John always gave us a warning to move right before a walk and everybody did respond. We did catch a few people out who were running in the midst of us and not expecting us to walk, despite counting down and shouting walk, but as John cheerfully told them - "We'll pass you later"!
On another thread someon'e worked it out as 8394. I'm really suprised we were so in the minority - well done to all the girls, even more unique at being able to say "We did it"! Unfortunatley on that thread people were able to say they came in the top 4 and 20%, which I can't concur with, but there's nothing wrong with the bottom 20% - it was great fun!
John, I think to run every mile only would lose a lot of people far earlier than the current 5/1. I'd been training for the 5 hour target until my March training went a bit pear shape and I did the last 5 weeks or so of the run/walk programme. Even then I struggled around the 18 mile mark and would have given anything to have been able to stay with the group all the way as I'd hoped. I'd be in favour of keeping it as it is for the full marathon distance.
I too read the newspaper reports and the fact that her three kids pleaded with her to stop during the race. Incredible guts and utmost respect. Knowing the pain I suffered in just getting round being perfectly healthy makes you respect her even more. I feel a donation coming on... Enjoy life.
Many thanks John, I'm sure I would never have finished feeling as good as I did (??!!) without you. Who did we sing Happy Birthday to by the way? Great to hear from you Beverley and that you got round OK. It certainly was hard being on your own after starting with such a great group. And I'm sorry to say that I agree with you crackered about beginning to consider doing it again, probably not next year though, I don't think my family will be recovered by then!!