Hadn't thought I'd entered this and stopped specifically training for it mid-August. Then the race pack came through the door on Monday!! I must have entered ages ago and forgot!
So, I'm in Chester next weekend anyway (wife's family are from there), I'm still running 4 times a week with a long run on Sunday, it would seem rude not to run it. Not sure I'll be able to go sub 3:30 as I'd originally planned but should be able to get round under 4 hours and treat it as a training run. Nonetheless, it's going to be interesting since I'm not 100% I'm ready for it. It's my 5th marathon so at least I sort of know what to expect.
Anyone else forgotten they'd entered a race, found out they had at the last moment and then turned up and ran?
I'm in. Ran 3:37 in Chester, was on for sub 3:30 but faded badly in the last 3 miles due to hills, heat and going off too fast. So this time I'm looking to get under 3:30.
Going to follow the Hansons Marathon Method which is, in their words, a renegade training plan. The mileage per week is quite high but the long runs top out at 16 miles. I'm seeing it as more of an experiment to find out if it works!
Booked into the Premier Inn by Old Trafford so only a little walk to the start.
Great report from Tony. He's right about the bottle etiquette too, I saw some people launching theirs miles over hedges and walls. I'm pretty sure he must have passed me in the last mile or two as I finished in 3:37 after fading badly in the last 3 miles.