Posted: 22/08/2016 at 19:18
I hope things go as smoothly as they can with the funeral arrangements etc, Stephen. Sounds like very testing times. I hope the MP run goes well. What is MP for you?
I sort of know what I'm doing, as Berlin will hopefully be my 10th marathon, but the hip is a bit unpredictable. I was out for nearly 3 years of the last 5 and have nightmares about having to go through the same surgery again (if they'd even give it to me on the NHS, but that's a different story).
My other marathon is Abingdon. The aim is to run it in a playing card costume - I've bought the outfit, had it accepted by Guinness World Records and done a training run in it. I've actually sent in a bit of a late application to do Berlin in a fast food costume (hot-dog!), but it probably won't happen. You need loads of evidence and witness statements (including one from the race director) to get a WR, so I think it'd be too much hassle and too late notice.
Berlin and York will be very contrasting marathons! A friend of mine did York last year and loved it. Hopefully, you'll have recovered enough/ remained uninjured, so that you can enjoy a pressure-free marathon. I did Boston UK marathon in April 'for fun' and it was a strangely fantastic experience.