Well Jimbob, after bumping into you on both the Paris and Sub3 threads, I'll be jumping in on this one too. Got the confirmation email last week, ran 3:03:25 in Milan back in April and thus survived the cut-off by 33 seconds!
I paced 3:30 from the back of Green Pen 3 on Sunday. Again, have to agree with the points about congestion, but I found it much worse for the first 3 or 4 miles, we were about 40 seconds down but obviously you can't just speed up and pull those 40 secs back in the next mile. So it was a case of running 7.57/58s (instead of 8s) to slowly catch up.
Used the GPS but I know how unreliable they can be (and after losing the signal in the tunnels it throws the pace off for a few minutes afterwards) so had the stopwatch and pace band to guide me too. Came in at 3:29:22 so close enough for me!
With regards to one of the 3:15 pacers who dropped out, I know folk rely on the pacers but you need to remember that they're human too. I'm not sure if he was unwell or had done himself an injury, I wouldn't be surprised if it was the latter. I VERY nearly ended up on my backside on three separate occasions due to folk clipping heels etc. There were 43 of us so for just one to have difficulties is a pretty decent result I'd say.
Started with a huge group which whittled down to three hardy souls; Jill, Eileen and Romain. They all gradually dropped off the pace but I'd be keen to know how they finished up - so on the MASSIVE off-chance that they're reading this, please let me know!
I also picked up 'Colin' for a few miles towards the end who I've since heard from, which was nice...and he got a 7 minute PB too. I'd run the Milan Marathon the week before and managed to recover in time for pacing duties. I'd love to do it again (pace) but I've got a Boston Qualifier and their race is the Monday (20th) before London's Sunday (26th), so with the travelling, kids, cash etc I don't think I'd be able to stretch to both. Unless I was pacing the run/walk group.....!
I too am worryingly seemingly recovered, haven't ventured out yet though, the boozer is my prime concern right now, may ease back in with pacing duties at parkrun on Saturday.
I know the ballot is Tuesday but does anyone know when the FGFA entries window opens? I'm gonna use it as my 'Plan B' if the Boston plan falls through. Although the qualifying time is 3:05 they operate a 'fastest time served first' system. Due to the bombings last year (and this year therefore been more popular), the cut-off time for my age group was 3:03:23.
I ran 3:03:25 in Milan so would have missed it by 2 sodding seconds! Hoping that the events popularity this year is just a 'blip' and will return to normal after Mondays race. From what I can gather, all the previous races have accommodated everyone under 3:05, without the need for a cut-off time...
Was one of the 3:30 pacers myself, and loved it too! Had a similar experience in that none of those I started with finished with me, and that I almost hit the deck on several occasions..!
Started with a huge group which whittled down to three - Eileen, Romain and Jill. Unfortunately each of them quietly fell of the pace somewhere between 12 and 16 miles. I do wonder what happened to them! I also picked up a fellow called Colin for about six miles but lost him with a couple of miles ago too, although I've since had an email forwarded from Runners World which informs me he ran a 7 minute PB!