Good luck lads. Manchester is ideal for a fast time and GFA qualification. I managed a 3.10 last year and got my entry accepted for London (V40) so I'll be doing that instead and won't be able to join you ! Last year there were pacing groups for sub 3.00 and sub 3.15 and they can be useful. I didn't join one as it can be a bit crowed around the leader but I did "use" them covertly by ensuring I remained ahead of the pacer.
Maybe my last post on here. Are everyone's results correct now ? I have not been running yet since the marathon but I've done a couple of 25 milers on the bike - last Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday was hard work but Thursday in the sun was great. A load of beer for next couple of days I reckon and then start running again next week - I will probably spend a lot of time on the fells over the summer and then pick up some weight training in the late Autumn and early Winter before the marathon training starts again for London - fingers cross they'll accept my GFA from Manc.
Its' been good following this thread and I'm grateful to the tips and advice I've picked up - sometimes just a casual comment here and there was useful to me - eg someone mentioned getting some new trainers before the marathon and getting 100 miles in them - well I did the same about three weeks before and got 50 miles in them and used them in the marathon and they were perfect.
There were some great performances too especially by the first timers and Red Panda - while preggers Wow !
I've been dipping in and out of the results for the last couple of days and I noticed that the net time on the photographs area of the web site (type in a bib no) was often different to the ones in the results. I think the net time on the photo was correct. I looked at a couple of random names around my finishing times which looked wrong yesterday but seem correct today - e,g, at random John Howard no 5398 and Neil Trott. Yesterday these had a large Start Mat time but they look better now (would expect just a few seconds)
My times and splits have always looked right and have not been changing but by position has - because the other incorrect times have been changing I suppose.
SB. I think pacing is the key. It's difficult to keep your head in the first half and keep it slow - especially when going for a time. I did the last long run of 22.5 miles instead of 20 as recommended in the plan and I think that helps. Also try picking up the pace to quicker than marathom pace in some LSRs. Hard to do but made easier if you go out with that in mind - i.e slow 15 then quick last 5