Well ... some good news. After a disappointing performance at the World Championships back in May I redeemed myself somewhat in Scotland.
My pre-race target was two-fold really:
1 - to finish with an overall distance of somewhere between 236.0k and 239.4k (146.7 to 148.7 miles)
2 - to not fade badly during the final few hours but to keep pushing right to the end
This initial report is largely based on memory and without looking at the actual figures (that will come in the 'proper report' later) it would appear that almost every lap was at the pace I needed for 239k or more. Obviously pee breaks and other unplanned stops make the average speed slower but I think I hit every single one of my hourly targets.
The last few hours were painful indeed and I REALLY DID NEED to change my shoes at 22 hours. Crew members Eleanor Robinson and Andy Smith explained that I'd lose a kilometre if I changed my shoes ... I tried to explain to them that I'd probably lose two or three if I didn't because I'd be reduced to walking shortly. The soles of my feet were very painful and I felt I needed the extra cushioning provided by fresh shoes and socks.
In the final hour Eleanor was absolutely fantastic (for most of the race really ...) and the way she motivated me worked superbly well. I'm pleased to say that I remained strong right to the end and my last two or three laps were probably quicker than planned.
Final result ... I won with a distance of 238.286 km (148.064 miles). A new pb. England won the team prize too, so a good performance all round.
Full report later.