I'm a first time GNR-er too Have done a couple of HMs before, and am looking forward to upping my mileage again over the summer. My brother did the GNR 9 years ago and raved about it, so now it's my turn!
Looking forward to having a good weekend in Newcastle. We're staying with friends in Gateshead so it shouldn't be too bad.
I'll join in on this now- hadn't spotted my email so found out when I looked at my credit card statement. Oops. Am going to book my accomodation at the weekend, think I'm just going to have to accept it will be overpriced. My brother did it in 2005 and ended up camping as he left it so late! Apparently it was a really good atsmosphere, but it wouldn't be my choice of pre-race prep
I was also going to do Preston 10, but unfortunately have managed to hurt my foot 10 (in a non-running related incident). I rested it for a week, and did a slow parkrun on Saturday during which I decided I definitely would not be ready to race on Sunday and I'm now on full rest again as it was pretty painful. Really frustrating as I had been running well in October, but these things happen. I'm tailrunning at parkrun on Saturday so I'll see how that goes. I'd also just got information about joining a running club to help keep me motivated in the dark evenings, but obviously that is hold now too.