Steady Eddy - I also pulled out. I dropped out at mile 15. I was going to drop out anyway as I was struggling from about mile 11, but when a guy collapsed in front of me just past the mile 15 marker, I stayed with him until the paramedics arrived. That only took 7 or 8 minutes, but I stayed on a bit longer to see he was ok. Once the paramedic confirmed all okay, I decided at that point to call it a day.
For the first time, I ran more than one spring marathon - yesterday was my 3rd in 6 weeks (brighton and belfast being the others). I was determined to get a sub 4, but only managed to get a 4 hour 13 at brighton. Still a PB but a huge disappointment. Have definitely realised more than one marathon per spring is too much for me. I'll put my efforts into more focussed and better training for one marathon in future, and try to get that sub 4.
I've no doubt I would have dropped out even if someone hadn't collapsed next to me. I'm pretty disappointed with my mental strength yesterday, but like you Steady Eddy, I just felt exhausted and couldn't see how i could do another 11 miles.
Onwards and upwards tho! Once again well done to all who completed the marathon yesterday. So so hot, and I tip my hats to you.
PS the guy that collapsed was ok, the paramedic reckons it was dehydration and over heating. He was sitting up and seemed to be ok as I left him.
lottylou and ro616 - I'm with you guys, i'll have my headphones and will be putting them on for the 2nd half. it'll be a bit quieter for large parts of the 2nd half support-wise as we head further out of the city. Haven't used them in a race before, but i've not had the best of times mentally in my marathons so far, and never have a problem when i wear them in training, so i'm hoping they'll see me through with a sub 4 finish.
Race pack arrived today. Pink coral, starting on regent road. Quite looking forward to this one now!
I'll be firing down on the train from dundee on sunday morning, simple wander to regent road from there.
Hopefully some decent weather on the day - i run a good chunk of the route a lot as i still work in edinburgh having grown up there, can be hit or miss with the wind and rain, but keeping the fingers crossed!