As Tenjiso said, it is difficult to find anything after end of March, hence Oakley (and its localish). I have a plan for running 20-22 miles on the weekend of the 10th, and travel past Stratford most weekends, would be interested to know if you get together, would like to join you if possible. Beats doing long runs on your todd!
I have pencilled in a 20 mile run at with Bedford Harriers (not a member) at Oakley about 4 miles north of Bedford. Its just off the A6 on a stretch appropriatley called 'Paula Radcliffe Way' . Its got some hills from what I can gather, and a 4 hour time limit, and is on Sunday 27th March. Should be decent prep as I believe its 2 10-mile laps.
As for the Greenway - I cant wait to run it again, but understand those who dread it, as it beat me 3 years ago at the first attempt, but now feel much more prepared mentally for it - Bring It On!!
Evening all, I am returning in an effort to beat the Greenway, having suffered there at 21 miles in the heat - it was my first ever marathon, and said I would always return to take it on again. Its a really lovely race, in a lovely town, and has a sentimental place in my heart. Seriously need to build a running plan, up my mileage from the current 20 a week, and get some longer runs in, but thats all part of the challenge - my head is very clearly saying I can do sub 4h 28mins for a pb......but must work harder!!!
Mike - sorry to hear about the shin splints, I had them in the build up to Abingdon marathon 2 years ago, and suffered horribly on the day as a result of not resting enough, be careful there fella, rest and strengthening is the answer, but just make sure you get plenty of it, mine came back very quickly even though I thought I was over it. New Years Day is one of those days we will never forget, but makes races like Stratford all that more memorable and desirable to run in - feel really excited by this one now, gald they had places left!