I'm alive - took all of your advice re vitamins, medicine cabinets and hot toddys and rested so will definately make the start line - thanks. Going to leave my Garmin at home and just bimble around at whatever pace happens and enjoy a nice run by the seaside.
The fell runner you have a pic of in full flight (with 745 number on) is a friend of mine and he is something else on a downhill - don't be put off fell running they are a great bunch and will encourage anyone who's giving it a go.
Can't help with the weight sorry as mine is stuck and doesn't seem to change no matter how much I do.
Think about doing core strength maybe if your getting twinges it may help and watch how fast your building your long runs.