The loop was nice enough, with a small hill halfway round which seemed to get bigger as things progressed, but apart from that it was all pretty unremarkable. Because it was more shorter loops it felt like there were more people around because the quicker runners were lapping me, and I was occasionally lapping the back markers. I felt ok until about 18 miles, but the last third or so of the race I was really knackered.
Once I had three laps to go though I perked up a bit and started to think about Saturday for the first time properly. That got me through the last laps, and I got my medal and a load of encouragement and well wishes from everyone for Saturday which was really cool. Then I spent FIVE HOURS on the M6 driving home, which was not cool.