Well, I did the jubilee 10 k yesterday and was so happy to get round without stopping or walking! I'm almost embarrased to admit it took me 1hr 17mins and 32secs, but it's definately given me the confidence to try and get faster now...(Hi Redhead - I've taken on board your training you posted in the old forum and I'm going to try doing fartleks on the treadmill at first and hill programmes too).
I even took my medal to work - how sad is THAT!?
P.s Really like the new site....it's great! Easy to navigate around and lots and lots of info - esp for beginner runners like me which is very welcome.