Some good training going on. Sorry I didn't make it to Charnwood Marathon. I gave it a miss because it would have presented too much of a risk of injury for me. I had too much tightness in my quads, hamstrings, calves etc. and 27 miles of the highest hills in Leicestershire was not going to be a good idea. So I have been doing a lot of stretching and yoga and it is all feeling better now.
Andy - you get a set of written instructions and I don't recall seeing a map provided by the organisers. There is a Garmin trace from last year that somebody put on Fetcheveryone http://www.fetcheveryone.com/route-1265161As you will see it has all the good bits of the Charnwood Hills.
Dannirr - I would definitely do the miles before for the logistical reasons that you point out about the finish. Look at your watch and not the distance markers and think of it in your head as a 31 mile training run not a marathon.
I have recommenced Bikram yoga to get used to exercising in the heat. I was glad that I had done this last year but fingers crossed for cooler weather at Comrades this year.
Good running and nice accounts of the races Marty and F-R-C. Nice results as well Warren - I wondered if that was you on the Marathon Talk podium. I would have been second lady one of those weeks but did not post my result in time. Doh.
Sorry to hear you were injured WA. I thought I saw you in the distance warming up at Ashby but it must have been a case of mistaken identity.
My weekend was Grindleford Gallop 21 mile fell race and then Ashby 20. Quite a hard combination and my quads suffered a bit but that was the idea. Some nice long downhills at Grindleford but sometimes the terrain was a bit too tricky to go at a decent pace. With a hilly 11 mile run on Thursday that was a good week in terms of mileage and also hilliness. This week is a lighter one.
Well done on the Bolton Hill Marathon(s?) Jacquie. I did that race last year and there were some good climbs in it. A shame it didn't go so well for you but it was a tough race to do so close to a raced half and that probably explains it.
Possum I wouldn't worry about not getting under 3 hours - as Marty says the time on feet is good. I am hopefully going to be spectating at Brighton so will hopefully see you for your 50th.