After an 18-week training plan the test is almost upon me. In spite of some disappointingly slow races and a niggly knee, I’m really looking forward to Sunday. I know that once I register at Excel and listen to Martin Yelling’s really useful and slightly amusing talk, I shall we in constant high spirits for four or five days and so please just to be a part of it all.

I know that however I run on Sunday, the crowds will make it one of the best days of the year. My only worry is that as I cross the finish line I shall decide, as in the last four years, to have just one more go at it.

If 2017 turns out not to have been my year of triumph, perhaps 2018 will be!

Good luck everyone! Thanks for all the encouragement.

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