Sounds like most people achieved what they wanted.
My plan was to stay with the 9m/m pacer for as long as possible and see how I felt towards the end.
Cruised around to the 19/20 mile point with some fantastic pacing by the 9m/m pacer lady. Felt great and controlled the urge to go faster. Started to find it tough from 20 and dropped off the pace around the 22 mile marker.
Finished in a time of 4:01:24 which is a 5 min PB. Would have liked to have crept under the 4hr mark but missed a couple of long runs in the last couple of months and found it difficult to get my mid week runs in with my dad in hospital since July.
I think I could have got under 4hrs if I set out a little quicker but I know from experience that it’s a fine line between a good time and hitting the wall