Great reports everyone. Glad you're ok, Minni, and a wise decision.
Just to make you all sick. You know the guy I know who I said his longest run in training had been 8 miles and I thought was going to have a very painful day? He finished in 3:20. OK, he is a gym junkie and obviously a very fit guy and I've since found out he's an 18-minute 5k runner, but even so...
Bad luck Jack, although still a decent time considering. Yeah, I found VLM quite stressful when I did it because of the amount of people and I started in pen 4 or 5, so 7 must have been a nightmare. At least you know you'll smash that time next time.
O4S - amazing age graded time! I'd probably have to run 2.30 or something to match that.
Welcome Nicki and congrats on your time.
Ow, sorry about the foot Freemers. Makes me wonder if I should get my foot problem sorted - been troubled by it on and off since last summer. Probably should. And well done for toughing it out AA - makes your time even more impressive.
A mixed day for team Minni then - congratulations and commiserations guys. Gutted for you Minni and Freemers. Freemers, I must have seen you just before you dropped out - I was watching at the 13.5/22-mile point at Shadwell and you went past on the far side.
Ant - fantastic run today mate. I know several of my clubmates really struggled in the heat over the last 6 miles, so for you to pace it that well was brilliant. Felt very warm watching, so can't have been pleasant to run in at all and was glad I wasn't! Didn't see you go past - must have been going too fast!
Col - sub-3:15! Wow! What a great performance. You must be delighted with that.
AA - another sub-3:30! Very impressive and you would have been a few seconds quicker if you hadn't had to turn round to see who was cheering you on!
O4S and kfc - well done. Great runs from both of you too.
Had intended to pop into Chandos to say hello (not sure who was there?!), but had had enough of the crowds and queuing to get anywhere and needed to squeeze in a long run today too so decided to head home in the end.
Saw Mo go past too. Not sure what to think about the Brendan Foster comments. I think, giving him the benefit of the doubt, what he was trying to say is that Mo could have ruled the world at 5k and 10k for years, rather than risking not being able to compete at the very sharp end in the marathon, but being quite a dour bloke he probably sounded more negative about it than he should have! I personally thought it was a decent debut and about what I expected (I think talk about him winning it in a field of that quality and experience was always ridiculous).
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!! How exciting! I'm looking forward to coming down to cheer you on.
About 9 miles for me this morning. Had a bit of man flu this week and missed a few days and had totally lost my mojo, so decided to ditch the Garmin and run in the nature reserve near my house. Was a lovely run and just what I needed