Part of the pleasure of going to races is maintaining contact with contemporary friends and club mates. But invariably a race will throw up the chance to chew over past running times with old running friends or acquaintances.
I also caught up with another former local athlete I used to race against; now coach to one of the UK's leading marathon runners. In the conversation I asked him what was the length of his athlete's longest run. He replied that it wasn't done on distance, rather on time. Time seemingly equivalent to his target race time and the run was generally done off road. I could only conclude from this that the actually length then would be a good distance short of 26.2 miles.