Well i've finished my first ever race.....my aim was to finish and i did and i've got the tshirt and bottle of beer to prove it. It was a fantastic atmosphere with people standing at the side of the road and cheering and singing and bands playing music. I definitely want to go back next year. My only thoughts are how can i run a little faster? How have people increased their speed> At the moment i can run a reasonable distance. I have run around 7 miles on a regular basis although i run very slowly....i would really like to hear from very slow runners and how they managed to improve there speed.