Things to do differently next time: -
Lesson No 1 - Unless you want to assure yourself of the opportunity to
visit most of the Portaloos en route, don't have steak, chips and wine
as your Saturday night meal before the marathon.
Lesson No 2 - Watch where you are going at Blackheath. Try not to step
into a hole and turn your ankle 20 metres from the start.
Lesson No 3 - Don't assume that just because a man is dressed as a
fairy that he must be incapable of running faster than you. You'll
regret chasing the fairy for the first 10 miles, when you blow up at
(After 10 marathons, I ought to know better.)
Best moment: being cheered on by Roger Bannister at the start; worst
moment: any of 1-3 above.
Intended time: 3:30-3:40; actual time: 4:02.