I struggled at Paris too. Have just come down with a horrible cold. May have been overtraining but heat affects me badly and I also took a massive hit on my pace between 13 and 16 miles. I recovered slightly up to 19-23 miles but the last two sets of 5k were 35minutes each.
Ultimately I started off too quickly for the conditions. I was aiming for sub 4 but should have looked at weather forecast and altered my objective knowing how the heat affects me. Especially as my last long runs were done mid March on very cool days.
Tinkerbel, what time did you start? I suspect the 7hour plus people may have had earlier start times then.
I'm sure the official cut off was 6hours. I started at 9:50am, I'm guessing the last pen went at 10:00, add 6 hours to that you get 4pm. Technically you could have started at 8:30 and still had a 7:30 time.
Emmy. Something else I think is odd is that we were told over 50,000 people registered to run and there are only 40,000odd finishers. By my reckoning that's 20% down.
I have a list of 35 runners who ran with my company, I started to check how they'd done but in the first 10 I checked 4 were not listed as finishing. I'm left wondering if there's been a big chip failure.