- Do at least 2 20-mile runs beforehand, not just one.
- Decline any invitations for Fri & Sat evening before the race, not accept and leave early (but still not in bed before 11:15).
- Double-check the weather forecast - the BBC had Heavy Rain at 1300 so I had my light goretex running jacket (unzipped which I can run in fine) but this was obsolete and the goretex slowed me down I think by making me hotter and then (when I took it off) drag & annoyance. I gave it to C at mile 22.
It took ages to get to the Serpie pub because a lady had collapsed in the crossing queue, and by the time I got there C had left, so I went home. After a rest I played the first 8 Shostakovich Preludes & Fugues: nice to do something musical after a marathon.
Have been reading Yes Prime Minister and the episode (financial scandals) is strangely topical. Hacker comes up with the immortal characterisation of newspaper readers: "The Times is read by the people who run the country. The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country. The Guardian is read by the people who think they ought to run the country. The Morning Star is read by the people who think the country ought to be run by another country. The Independent is read by people who don't know who runs the country but are sure they're doing it wrong. The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country. The FT is read by the people who own the country. The Daily Express is read by people who think the country ought to be run as it used to be run. The Daily Telegraph is read by the people who still think it is their country. And the Sun's readers don't care who runs the country so long as she has big t**s"