There seemed to be MGers coming out of the woodwork at The Red Lion as evidenced by the pic above. And a good job too, we had 30 pints of free beer to tackle. By the end of the evening we had polished off 25 so there's room for improvement next year
TR, your question about the heat is very pertinent. It was certainly warm at the start and kept getting warmer but it still felt comfortable to run in. It was deceptive though because at the end most of us were pretty pink and I'm sure that I had a bit of mild sun stroke as we got to the pub.
As for the run itself, bearing in mind that Manchester was just 7 days earlier, it was without question the most enjoyable run around VLM.
When I had a brief chat with Phil at 4 miles I was thinking that maybe a low 2:50s was likely but the only aim, if there was one, was to try to run two sub 3s in 7 days, a feat I would have scoffed at until very recently.
By the finish a 2:57:52 on the back of the 2:51:52 at Manchester had been very straightforward, a nice flowing run. Surprised but very pleased.
Hannah nearly got a sub 3 with 3:00:45, 5 minutes quicker than Manchester.
DT - There is plenty to be happy about with that as a first marathon. You might be quite surprised if you did a survey of first marathon times of people on here and on Sub 3, I'm pretty sure that the average will be a good bit slower than 3:18.
TR - Well done on surving the best man's speech, a tough task indeed. Are you starting to chomp at the bit yet thinking about Ediburgh?
Thanks TR! You might be right in your assessment but I'm not waiting 4hrs 30mins for the first pint. In fact just for good measure the first Red Lion pint of Guinness will be consumed in advance just to make sure
I haven't looked at what the race number is yet, I'll post it up later just in case anyone wants to watch some carnage unfolding
Alehouse - Those crowds were pretty impressive all the way round so it was very easy not to spot people. As far as the course is concerned, I was surprised that it was billed as flatter than London but absolutely nothing wrong with it. The main plus point was there being no sharp corners anywhere so it was great for getting into a rhythm, switching off and letting a few miles tick by.
I'm sure it win't be too long before the next Manchester visit, probably Stretford I would imagine. Will let you know.
DT - Yep, running London as well. In fact Manchester was just a last minute addition but very glad we did do it now
DT - There were certainly free drinks last year on presentation of your medal. If I could possibly suggest that their 'system' is slightly open to abuse you can have abloody good afternoon for next to nowt in a pub full of hyped up runner people.
It is on Whitehall opposite The Treasury/Downing Street. Just follow naturally through the finish area and then towards the end if the meet and greet area go up the stairs by the Cabinet War Rooms and the Red Lion is directly in front of you through the arch.
Look forward to seeing you there with a smile of achievement on your face.