Really disappointed that you didn't triumph, especially after you put such effort into your campaign and got across your wit and humility on here (not the easiest thing to do via forum!).
The votes sure did look rather suspicious. Not sure how, when you were leading by such a big margin you could be overtaken within a short space of time. Also towards the end when your rival's votes were behind but he still managed to pip you to the post... hmmmm.
Your rival doesn't appear to have passed any commiserations in his victory post... perhaps he feels rather guilty... controversial perhaps
It would have been very interesting for me and others to follow your training from 3.34 to sub 3. I hope you will be planning for a spring marathon and will go it alone to show it can be done! Anyway, who wants to go to Paris when you could go to Manchester
Coming to this thread new and have read the posts with interest. I think it's a real shame that there are so many negative thoughts towards the competitive element of this campaign - which is exactly what it is.
It's meant to be 'intense' and I would think this is doing exactly what RW and Asics set out for it to do... build their brands, drive traffic to this website/forums, sell more magazines and possibly even get more people out running (which would be brilliant for the health of the country).
The other important thing to note is that the competitive element which is coming through so strongly in all of this bodes brilliantly for the ones that get through - if you're not competitive (with others and with yourself) you're unlikely to meet your running goals.
Good luck to all of the competitors... and if you are going to cheat, remember you have to train for and run 26.2 miles at the end of this, ideally in the time set out for you and as any marathon runner knows, there are no cheats or shortcuts to getting the marathon time you want .