Brief running history: Started running about 8 years ago, spent much of that time injured but have managed to fit in a marathon, several 10ks and various other races. I'm a mid -to- back- of -the -pack type of runner who dreams of doing better. Running keeps me sane (just about).
Reason why we should train you: I'm a lazy person who has to work hard at motivating myself, being active doesn't come naturally to me although I have pushed myself into doing things I would never have thought possible. However, it would be wonderful to have someone show me how to achieve more as I feel I have reached a plateau.
Predicted marathon time: I would LOVE to achieve a sub4
The course for the 15mile follows the same as the 10k lap, so you go out and round and almost back to the beginning. As you near the starting point the 10k people go in, the 15milers go out again along the same route they've just been, but instead of turning left at the cross road you carry straight on. That gives the extra mileage and takes you through the village of Naseby.
Last year the villagers made a big thing of it and lined the street with bunting, came out and cheered and offered you sweets and drinks. Hope they do the same again this year as it was much appreciated.
You then rejoin the 10k route again and run the little back road through the endless fields of brassicas, which finally goes downhill back into Kelmarsh.
It can be bleak in parts - especially if the weather is as cold as it was last year, but it's a good challenge. Not as hilly as Eyam, not as flat as Eye.
My other half says that if you are trying your hardest then you can't speak to marshalls even if you try - so I guess we have to allow that front runners are not being unfriendly, they're just pushing themselves to the limit.
Being very much a back runner it's not a problem I have - explains my slow times but hey ho, I still enjoy it.