I'm doing the Wissey HM in Norfolk on 6th September, i.e. three weeks before Berlin. Very low-key race but flat, fast course and incorporates the British Masters' champs this year. That might not fit in with some people's plans, e.g. standard three week taper with a final long run that weekend, but I raced a HM flat-out on the corresponding day last year, and recovered OK, so I want to do exactly the same thing this year as another marathon performance indicator.
You're right, there isn't much around in August, so it depends how you want it to fit into your schedule and what you want out of it. I didn't even start looking for a 20 miler!
Padams - Good work on the parkrun. One better than me, I ran round with another chap for the whole thing until he pulled away with 400m to go and pipped me by a couple of seconds, but dragged me round for 16:11, a course pb and just five seconds shy of my 5k road pb. (The parkrun is on a pre-existing certified 5k course.) Even more encouraging, Kent AC women's VMLM team (we have a Champs team) all ran round in pb's, including MsP in 17:07. Confidence abounds.
Ah yeah, saw Nick's name in the Brighton results. Top man!
Padams - Chris was saying there could actually be a decent group of guys around low 2:2x so it could work out quite nicely for him.
ES - Yes, HM pb is 72:19 and I'm confident in having a go at it. 71:30 would be nice @ 5:27/m but anything sub-72 would make me happy. I can definitely recommend the threshold miles, particularly progressing the number of reps over a few sessions, e.g. 5 up to 7 as I've done over the past 2/3 months. When I did the recent 10 miler the pace felt familiar and I think it's a good intensity for practising tidy running form.
Also really keen to see how Marders gets on at the pointy end of Manchester.
Ric actually weighs 12oz. If he were to try and run in Brooks Adrenaline, it would be like that game I used to play when my two nephews were a lot smaller and I'd try to walk around their house with one of them on each foot.