Yay - I did it!!!! Completed W9 R3 this morning in the rain - can't say I loved it but by gum I'm proud of myself!
My lovely husband was waiting on the doorstep for me when I got back, with the cat sitting patiently with him, then he (husband, not cat) had the BBC Athletics theme music playing when I came in! He's been a great support - but I couldn't have done it without this amazing online community - in fact I never would have considered it really without reading all your supportive comments before I started.
Thanks so much for your confidence and support everyone!
Now...my main task now is to stop saying to myself 'oh but I'm going too slow'!