Dan - I might be running the FH10 this year as it's a club champs race, but will be on car park duty beforehand. It's very well organised/marshalled (obviously). It's not a particularly fast course - no massive hills but continually undulating, so maybe 1-2 mins slower than optimal. There are two possible routes depending on whether a particular spot is flooded or not - if not, it is a figure of eight (fine except a bit sketchy at the "crossover" if there is a pack near the back, but normally fine). If it is flooded, it becomes two laps, which is a bit more annoying having to overtake backmarkers.
Clearly the weather can be poor at that time of year, but I'm afraid I can't help with that.
Ryan - fair play, like I said, I wouldn't have the confidence to go with that plan but will be great if it works out. And as you say, a great base for London either way.
No running today as I've got a work social thing this evening, but managed a few exercises before breakfast this morning (single leg squats etc.).
Ryan - that sounds very interesting and impressive dedication to keep banging out those miles (especially as it's probably fairly tedious running at that pace all the time). Just to confirm, are you not planning on running faster than 7 m/m at all until the race (other than the last mile or two of the 7-milers)? And no runs longer than 11M? I wouldn't have the confidence to follow that plan, but fair play if you pull it off!
Ryan - big mileage there, hope it pays dividends. Very sensible not doing any sessions if you've upped the mileage a lot.
Wardi/Jools - nice long(ish) runs.
10M very easy for me on Saturday morning, mainly just catching up with a friend and then watching the park run. Then XC yesterday, the lower standard league that we take part in. A few of us cycled there and back, about 15M each way - the first 10 minutes was painfully cold! I had a better race than the last XC - 3 guys, including 2 that I usually have a good battle with, pulled away in the first mile or so and I was well clear in 4th. I felt fairly comfortable and it's a low key race so wasn't putting any pressure on myself to try to catch the other 3. After the first lap I was about 12 secs behind, but then started to close in on two of them without really increasing pace. With a mile to go I caught them and still felt fairly strong, so pushed on and dropped them up the last hill. In the end I wasn't actually that far behind the winner, but he may have had more in the tank (don't know who he was).
The ride home was fairly tough after that, but a good morning's training.
PP - sounds like a good plan with the hilly fartlek. Chasing Strava segments is a dangerous game to start playing!
12.5M for me last night, trying to run each mile faster than the previous one (except the last 1.5M cooldown). Unfortunately the first two miles were slightly downhill (6:57 and 6:54, couldn't go much slower), which set a tougher target for the rest. Then I misjudged mile 4 with a 6:33, so the rest was all 6:2x and faster. The last two were 5:57 and 5:55, but I failed as mile 8 was 1 second slower than mile 7 (lost track of pace a bit as it was on a poorly lit trail with some undulations). A bit of a silly session but gives you something to think about!
Dan - definitely agree that getting Kenyans along does not make the race more attractive (in fact, likely to do the opposite). Whenever they show the higlights of the Brighton Marathon on TV, I just want to see the Brits racing for 3rd (ish) place, rather than a battle between two random Kenyans I've never heard of.
Turbo last night - made it up as I went along and ended up doing 5 mins warm-up, then 20 mins at 240W, 15 at 260W, 10 at 280, 5 at 300W and 2 at 320W, then cooldown. None of that felt too hard - having a fan makes a massive difference!