Finally managed to pull this off after completing the 9 weeks back in October 2013.
I followed a 6 week Runners World plan with the aim of pushing from 31:30 to 30:00, and today (and with a considerable head wind which didn't become a tailwind when I turned around!), I cracked the 30 minutes AT LAST!!!
29:47.9 was my time according to Mr Gary Garmin. Last 1k was a bit wobbly at 6:11, but I'd put in the groundwork in the previous 4km.
Really proud of myself for a change.
AND new shoes are on the way as celebration - will post the obligatory picture when they arrive!
So so happy, I'm going to eat a cake!