thanks for all the responses and encouragement so far everyone, much appreciated. I am now planning lots of long runs which luckily will be scenic round these parts, as well as finally forcing some proper regular intervals (I despise them but they have to be done...)
I have signed up for the Manchester marathon for next April, which will be my first at that distance, and want to start training properly as soon as possible. I have a half marathon PB of 1:38, and completed a 10k race in 44mins today, which is my quickest since a PB back in May (43.03).
What do you think would be a relaistic time for me to use as a target for the race next spring? I have looked at many tables and info that is out there and I think 3hrs 30mins, but is this about right or selling myself short, or even setting a time that may be unachievable?
Last year it was in bottles if I remember rightly.
For people travelling down, I live on part of the course, and it has been raining heavily since about 5pm last night. And its meant to continue through the race also so watch out when going through Christchurch meadow and along the towpath as the ground can be very slippy there, from experience.
Anyways, time to pack the bag and await my lift. Good luck everyone! see you all at the finish!