Posted: 07/02/2016 at 22:10
Panic not, Steve. Preferential isn't quite in with the elites, it's the pen behind them. It's for the fast club runner standard, rather than the pros. Make the most of it, it means you get to start ahead of the main crush, and, as Orbutt says, you get your own portaloos (v. Important).
Amanj - I'd start eating earlier and more often, if I were you, rather than one big shot of sugar. That way your body has more time to process it more gradually. Also, you mention legs tightening up, which might be cramp. In which case you might be needing electrolytes as well as sugar - maybe try some gels or Shotbloks to top up your sodium and potassium levels. Also - what are you drinking? Drinking every 5k or so is good practice for race day, with the advantage that you won't actually have to carry it yourself on the day.