Hi Ian - I will probably go up during the week before the marathon. It's actually quite a fun trip, albeit a drag driving, but you get to look round lots of interesting stalls, there is generally a sports fashion show and a speaker (usually a pretty well known athlete). At the same time they have a pasta party where you buy lunch for around £7 and can sit around and chat. You can be as long or quick as you like there. I got to see Will Young last year collecting his running no.!!!
I would love to accept a lift if at all possible. I'm not sure what Sarah or Gen are doing as they are tied to work, but I'll chat with them tonight. We could then all chip in with petrol money. If you're running tonight we can chat then.