Our Virgin London Marathon contenders, the Lucozade Sport Super Six, were among hundreds of runners lining up this weekend for the first ever Lucozade Sport Race Your Pace Half-Marathon.
The event was made up of two sessions - a morning race for Performers (with predicted times below 1:45) and an afternoon session for Improvers (1:45 and upwards).
The pancake-flat four-lap course skirted Dorney Lake and allowed the Super Six to put their race pace to the test as the big day approaches.
Sub-3:00 hopeful Christina (just back from a run) was aiming to hit her ideal time for the first half of the marathon, 1:28.28. On the day she had a storming run, coming fifth lady in the Performers' race in 1:28:32.
Richard (Matchstick Man) - our sub-3:15 aspirant - just missed out on his target of 1:32. But achieving 1:33:47 (while suffering from an underlying virus) meant he was still suitably pleased with his performance.
After forgoing the Reading Half-Marathon due to injury, sub-4:00 runner Andy (AndyV) came back with a bang. He put in a perfectly paced run to clock 1:51:29.
In the afternoon, the Improvers followed the Performers' lead and headed out for four windswept laps of Dorney Lake.
After a PB at the Reading Half-Marathon, Kim (The Evil Pixie) - our sub-5:00 contender - found herself crossing the line just a week later in a solid 2:32:19.
Sub-5:30 challenger Lucy (spinkletoes) was hoping for a fun and rewarding race at Dorney but on the day fell prey to blisters that forced her to DNF. Watch this space though - with a savvy mix of rest and cross-training on the agenda, expect Lucy to hit London stronger than ever in three weeks' time.
As the racing went on outside, Liz Yelling imparted words of marathon wisdom. Her seminars went on throughout the day, and focused on spring marathon preparation, training methods and pacing tactics.