I decided to leave week 8 behind; it hadn't been my friend anyway...and moved on to week 9. Yes, it was hard, and I ran a different route ( haphazardly choosing directions as I went) and about a quarter of it was uphill (strangely meaning another quarter was downhill!) but when I thought I must have about 10 minutes left, Laura said 60 seconds to go.
Thinking of where I ran, I am frankly amazed I can run that distance, having started this mid-January and, like most people on this forum, having not run since school. I completed 4.9 km in first 5 minute walk and 30 minutes running so am pretty pleased, and know I can complete this... barring injury!!
Hope everyone else embarking on week 9 this week found the first run achievable..