Did this last year while still injured and had a torrid time - the heatwave and that ridiculous climb up what seemed like 200 steps didn't help, and the start was a farce frankly.
Please tell me the diversion won't be in force this year? I feel like I have unfinished business with this race but the thought of the steps (which added about half a mile to the distance) puts me right off it.
I'm coming into this massively down on training thanks to a knee infection I picked up about three months ago. It's been just one run a week for the past month but I'm getting to the point when I'm going to up it to two or three (though having said that I'll be tapering in three weeks!).
Managed 14 miles on Sunday fairly comfortably, so the plan is three more long runs over the next three weeks (17, 20 and 22 miles respectively) with a few tempo runs thrown in midweek (5-9 miles).
I've pretty much given up on my sub 4 goal thanks to the absolute disaster that my training has become, but I'm still hopeful of getting in under 4:30, maybe even 4:15.
Bit of a nightmare race for me. The knee held up pretty well until the steps, but climbing those it went, and I ended up having to walk probably 2/3rds of the last nine miles. Was hoping for a 2:20 allowing for the knee but ended up coming in around 2:41.
The marshalls were all friendly and the course was lovely other than the diversion. I'll definitely be back next year because I feel like I've got unfinished business with the race and want to sub 2 it.
Worst possible preparation for me. Injured my knee badly on a training run four weeks ago and it got infected and I was on antibiotics for a week. Total distance run since then: 2.5miles.
I'm just going to drop my usual pace by a couple of minutes per mile and see how it goes. Fortunately I hadn't entered before the accident so my estimated finish time is fairly accurate and I hopefully won't have the discouragement of hordes of runners going past me.