Woke up far too early this morning and had a huge bowl of porridge. Got to the start pen far too early and had to keep moving around to try to keep warm. Luckily found out that there were indoor toilets so spent the final half hour queuing indoors to warm up again and then back outside just after 8. I was surprised how many people there were - it took 25 minutes for us to reach the start line.
The route starts with a nice downhill section then through Princes Street gardens then on to the Royal Mile towards Holyrood Palace. I managed to keep to my planned pace, ignoring all the speedy people around me. After about 3 miles we came to the only real hill on the route which I managed to get to the top off without collapsing. The route then followed the coast but sadly the views were obscured by the fog that didn't clear for the rest of the day. The good thing was it kept the temperature down to around 10C which is perfect for me to run in, and there was a wind but not too fierce.
I was plodding along nicely until the 9 mile mark where you pass the finish line and carry on for a further 2 miles before turning back. Never has 2 miles felt so long - I was beginning to think I had ended up on the full marathon route by mistake. I found the last 2 miles very tough, I just ran out of energy and had to walk quite a bit in between short bursts of running. The crowd helped massively, lots of strangers calling my name and telling me I was doing great.
I finally turned and saw the finishing line looming in front of me and managed to run down the home straight and smile for the cameras. I was very pleased with my time of 2 hours 37 minutes, a bit less than my predicted time. All in all a wonderful day and a huge sense of achievement. That's me on the left, along with my 2 training partners.