My 2004 London Marathon...

How was it for you? - 155 of your inspirational stories and action shots from the 2004 Flora London Marathon


Posted: 21 April 2004

If you were in any doubt about the magic and madness of running the Flora London Marathon, these quotes and stories are just the ticket. From the lunatic to the life-affirming, they're all the reason you need for counting down to the arrival of next year's entry form.

SUB-3:00
 Jo Rye; 2:43 "...All is well with the world... I just wish someone would explain this to my legs...." Read the full quote
 Stuart Heaton; 2:44 "...2hrs 44mins 31secs... pleased with that..." Read the full quote
 Tigerrunner; 2:47 "...makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up..." Read the full quote
 Nick Isaac; 2:49 "...19 minutes off my personal best...." Read the full quote
3:00-4:00
Monique; 3:04 ...reminded me of a match I went to at Burnley... Read the full quote
asghar1983; 3:24 "Next time I'd try not to get the trots. Don't know exactly HOW..." Read the full quote
Spans; 3:26 "...Barged off the road by the RW pacers..." Read the full quote
sub 3:45 XFR Bear!; 3:42 "50 yards away I yelled out "Sausage loading Meerkat!"" Read the full quote
J@m@s; 3:45 "... a small child put his hand up saying 'High five James'. I wished I had seen him earlier to give the high five back..." Read the full quote
Simon Couchman; 3:53 me in my lobster outfit Read the full quote
GL; 3:57 "...Big thanks to RW and forums..." Read the full quote
10p badger; 3:58 "...wouldn't do London with any particular time in mind..." Read the full quote
Al G.; 3:59 "...going through halfway and thinking I was feeling fine - it was the last thing I remember clearly about the race...." Read the full quote
Paul Craven; 3:59 "...the sort of feeling Roger Bannister had..." Read the full quote
 Phil Oatham; 3:14 "... PB after 15 marathons at the age of 45. Blinding!..." Read the full quote
  Baza; 3:17 "...Nell McAndrew cost me 2 minutes..." Read the full quote
  Nick James 2; 3:19 "...Despite being on the first coach to be refused access to the start..." Read the full quote
  PAD2802; 3:24 "...Key to success: Skiing the Easter weekend..." Read the full quote
  Nick Richardson; 3:27 "...a bit like remembering your school years..." Read the full quote
  Northern Lad; 3:27 "...my charity was relying on me..." Read the full quote
  Barkston Runner; 3:29 "...Clearly the message is to forget even-paced running and go like the clappers from the starting gun...." Read the full quote
  Alan D; 3:29 "...The last six miles seemed to go on for ever..." Read the full quote
 trimbo; 3:41 "...drums heading into the flyover..." Read the full quote
 Banksie; 3:41 "...have men really got weaker bladders (or is it all the manly ale)..." Read the full quote
 Hutch 2; 3:43 "...excellent RW pacers..." [shucks] Read the full quote
  Julia; 3:44 "...I cried, every one of those last 13 miles was painful..." Read the full quote
 Crazy Addick; 3:44 "All I had been told about the crowds was true..." Read the full quote
 Blott's Mate; 3:45 "...hearing my daughter's excited cries of MUM!..." Read the full quote
  Ian Meade; 3:48 "...really enjoyed having a group to run in..." Read the full quote
 Bunions; 3:51 "...holy water at mile 3..." Read the full quote
 Ping Pong Boy; 3:52 "...GUTTED!..." Read the full quote
  Gary Kent; 3:53 "...6 months later I had lost over 5 stone... anything is possible, even from very very poor raw material..." Read the full quote
  Plodding P; 3:53 [Mile by mile - a first-hand view of a first-time marathon] Read the full quote
  Pudsey Bear; 3:55 "...assuring them that I didn't mean any of the things I had said about them on the forum..." Read the full quote
 Mad Dog; 3:56 "...achieved my target time ofÊunder 4 hours thanks to a 9 minute mile pacer..." Read the full quote
  Stinkytrainers; 3:56 "...This significantly lowered injury..." Read the full quote
  Robert Davis; 3:57 "...The buzz you get..." Read the full quote
  Iain Davidson; 3:58 "...very happy..." Read the full quote
 Chris Seymour; 3:59 "... gutted that I was beaten by a human telephone box, but at least I passed the rhinos and Scooby Doo..." Read the full quote
4:00-5:00
Nigel; 4:26 "...on the day in the full field of runners it is harder than it looks..." Read the full quote
Birdypie; 4:35 "...got me through the tough training in February and March..." Read the full quote
Kikker; 4:57 "... I felt like I'd won the marathon......" Read the full quote
Chuff; 4:14 "...the most amazing event I have ever had the pleasure of taking part in...." Read the full quote
AJH; 4:16 "I first said I'd do the marathon when I was 15.... took a while, I'm 34 now..." Read the full quote
Vaseline; 4:24 "... I could have cried, how cruel at that stage..." Read the full quote
Plum ; 4:25 "I do like it when a plan comes together..." Read the full quote
Ashley; 4:29 "...chilled champagne courtesy of Ultra Meerkat and Jaffa Cake..." Read the full quote
Greeny; 4:30 "Best moment seeing my Wife Sarah, Dad and son Tom at Buckingham Palace..." Read the full quote
RichardM (The Rhino); 4:31 " Didn't even know it was raining until someone told me at the end..." Read the full quote
Faye Abraham; 4:33 "... Crispy duck pancakes for breakfast?Ê I think I earnt them...." Read the full quote
Phab Paul; 4:42 "Worst moment: ... having to wipe my glasses with wet tissues..." Read the full quote
Spooner; 4:45 "...they must have been putting something else in that water!" Read the full quote
Viking ; 4:48 "...fantastic all the way around...." Read the full quote
Rodders; 4:48 "Next: a holiday to Cape Town Ð You need to treat your long-suffering wife..." Read the full quote
Compass Kath; 4:50 "Very pleased to beat Mr Tickle and Great Uncle Bulgaria..." Read the full quote
Jason L; 4:59 "Don't tell Legless's wife..." Read the full quote
 Cratchers; 4:00 "delighted ... PB by 13 mins ..... biggest thanks to KitKat, whoever she is!" Read the full quote
  Minks; 4:01 "...the culmination of months of anticipation..." Read the full quote
 Guy; 4:02 "...After 10 marathons, I ought to know better..." Read the full quote
 Wolfy; 4:02 "...bottle of Chablis....well, I deserved it..." Read the full quote
  Matt Dean; 4:04 "...Every time I wanted to give up, I knew that that one moment of weakness would mean losing the pacer..." Read the full quote
 Windsurfin' Susie; 4:05 "...They should market that instead of energy bars!..." Read the full quote
  Skidder; 4:06 "...Best moment - Seeing my wife and son shouting encouragement on the Embankment...." Read the full quote
  Joe Money; 4:09 "...would increase and vary my training more..." Read the full quote
  Chris P; 4:10 "...hits home more as the week goes on..." Read the full quote
  Anne Child; 4:14 "...nearly took my nose off..." Read the full quote
 Muddy; 4:15 "...Next time I think I'll do more training and eat before I drink beer..." Read the full quote
 Hermann Schaller; 4:17 "... as if the whole city tried to stand up and show that there are positive people..." Read the full quote
 Penny Ettling; 4:17 "...Many thanks for the first 17 miles, you've got a lovely bottom..." Read the full quote
 Tina Perasole; 4:20 "...I did watch Chariots of Fire... and all the otherÊtips..." Read the full quote
 Ian T Cooper; 4:22 "I have only one problem. I promised my wife this was a one-off event for me...." Read the full quote
 Superveterana; 4:22 "...sheer volume of bodies made it hard to stay in step..." Read the full quote
  Steve Taylor; 4:25 "...thought I was going to burst into tears at 25 miles..." Read the full quote
  Jim Davy; 4:26 "Would have gladly throttled the supporter telling us all we had conquered the wall!..." Read the full quote
  Alex H; 4:30 "...steadily put on weight..." Read the full quote
 Small Girl; 4:32 "...LOVED Tower Bridge, LOVED Canary Wharf. LOVED the last mile. Everything else was TOUGH!!!" Read the full quote
  Runner 73; 4:32 "...This was not offered by a child..." Read the full quote
  Hicky; 4:34 "...Never thought I could do it before..." Read the full quote
  The Bald Plodder; 4:38 [RW says: forgive us: another glowing first-time pacing testimonial] Read the full quote
  The Ref; 4:39 "...forgot to affix my chip..." Read the full quote
  Alex Popplewell; 4:45 "...How fat Graham Taylor is in real life..." Read the full quote
  Wabo; 4:45 "...But decided after Bath Half success / I'll try Penguin's tactics, give it my best..." Read the full quote
  Ham; 4:46 "...nothing in comparison to the suffering that people the charities are helping endure week in and week out for many years, sometimes never recovering...." Read the full quote
  Gemini Jill; 4:48 "...my success is due to RUNNERS WORLD, MY HUSBAND AND THE FORUM - thank you all!!..." Read the full quote
 TheChef; 4:49 "...Best mo - really feeling, seeing and hearing what it means to run your first marathon..." Read the full quote
  Kevin Langston; 4:51 "...then I hit the wall, well I think it was...." Read the full quote
  Stanley Thornton; 4:55 "...my wife knew better than me, and she does not run...." Read the full quote
  Kickboxingqueen; 4:57 "...I walked for a year, then ran for year, then fulfilled a promise I thought I would never achieve!" Read the full quote
  Keep Smiling; 4:59 "...if someone in a BHF vest started crying after you called out her name, that would be me!..." Read the full quote
OVER 5:00
Loopyloo; 5:05 "...I wouldn't do anything differently..." Read the full quote
Knackeredknees ; 5:22 "I bet no other pace group had a 'scheduled' 'pee' stop!" Read the full quote
Lovejoy ; 5:26 "a runner kindly pointed out there were several identical rhinos racing..." Read the full quote
Hungry Hippo; 5:27 "...brilliant... brilliant... brilliant...!!" Read the full quote
Velociraptor; 5:33 "What a great day! ... See you next year :o)" Read the full quote
Murf; 5:58 "a personal worst by a massive 80 mins..." Read the full quote
Minniemoo; 5:38 "...Knowing it matters..." Read the full quote
pub2club; 5:56 "...People say wear your name on your shirt, but believe me, what a buzz to hear strangers egging you on mile after mile..." Read the full quote
  Bugmond; 5:01 "...stopped every mile to let a child in the crowd cross a mile off..." Read the full quote
  Leebo; 5:03 "...I really wanted to run the whole thing...." Read the full quote
  Ruby Daly; 5:04 "...'suck it up and dig deep', as our American friends would say..." Read the full quote
  Floosie Sue ; 5:04 "...You could win this!" ..." Read the full quote
  mapleleaf; 5:06 "...harder than I thought, which makes me even more proud that I finished..." Read the full quote
 Lucy Hynes; 5:07 "One of the 3 best things that have ever happened to me - the other two were marrying my wonderful husband, Mike and having our brilliant little boy, Patrick..." Read the full quote
  Alison Dale; 5:19 "...led in by a man on his moped learning the knowledge...." Read the full quote
  Jimmykins; 5:30 "...I have only been running 1 year..." Read the full quote
  Mikey J; 5:31 "...THE worst moment was the doctor's reaction when I told him I still wanted to go on..." Read the full quote
  Daisybop; 5:35 "...I will be celebrating once all my sponsorship money is collected..." Read the full quote
  Marathon Maz; 5:38 "...Biggest surprise: It is nothing like it is on the TV..." Read the full quote
  An Coppens; 5:44 "...severe asthma problems nearly forcing me to pull out..." Read the full quote
  Doctor Sam; 6:13 "...the duty-free perfume testers saved my fellow passengers from an unpleasant flight..." Read the full quote
  Wun Wabbit Wun; 6:49 "...How much water a furry rabbit costume can hold..." Read the full quote
  Twinkle; 7:00 "...This time last year, I couldn't have run for a bus..." Read the full quote
SUPPORTERS!
Ultra Meerkat; mile 18 supporter "...That's us! Bloody freezing but a wonderful day..." Read the full quote
H; mile 18 supporter "Spectating at mile 18, thanks to Meerkat, was brilliant!" Read the full quote
  Jan Green; supporter "...I'm Jo's Mum..." Read the full quote
  Creaky Knees; supporter "...poor souls who'd burnt out..." Read the full quote
UNKNOWN TIME
Tiger ; "...loved running in fancy dress..." Read the full quote
Rio Fair; "Love to you all and big thanks for all your help and support..." Read the full quote
Plodding Hippo ; "...Fuelled by gin, I managed to stop two people giving up at mile 19..." Read the full quote
LiamO; "...didn't anticipate the huge lump in my throat in the last mile..." Read the full quote
Snoop Dogg; "...Celebrated by spending the day on the forums..." Read the full quote
Trevor Rawson; "...I managed to get off at Mottingham but was deteriorating fast..." Read the full quote
George; "...George has been behind me for several miles..." Read the full quote
Filbert; "...no way I was turning back..." Read the full quote
TF1; "...The Severn Bore..." Read the full quote
Mark Forrest, Drivetime, Classic FM; "...Remind me not to use these as my publicity shots...." Read the full quote
LynneW; "...fantastic mile 18 supporters..." Read the full quote
Shelagh B; "...helping each other out in tough times..." Read the full quote
 Tony Hodge; "...this race wins hands down on everything...." Read the full quote
 LizzyB; "...will draw a veil over my marathon performance... Have also had a lot of gin....." Read the full quote
 DawnQ; "...heard my name called hundreds of times..." Read the full quote
 Timbwani; "...My first marathon. Absolutely loved it..." Read the full quote
 Dips; "... grinned all the way down Birdcage Walk..." Read the full quote
 Nicholas Beale; "...should be special awards for mutual encouragement - thanks to all who did so..." Read the full quote
 Guestie; "...Pain is temporary, failure is forever...". Read the full quote
 Sargey or Chief; "...considering doing next years London Marathon? Go for it..." Read the full quote
 Kidzdad; "...Best spectator banner..." Read the full quote
 Ruth Fleming; "It was my first marathon, aged 40 plus, and I only started running 2 years ago..." Read the full quote
 SHIV 2; "...before the race, I had said never again..." Read the full quote
 Shirley C; "...hell to keep up... knew I had to..." Read the full quote
 Sylvia Franklin; "...Paula Radcliffe's tip of counting to 100 backwards..." Read the full quote
 Marcus Zentner; "...Cold, windy, tiring and miserable... marvellous..." Read the full quote
 Welsh Alex; "...I will have to translate it to Latin..." Read the full quote
 Barnsleyrunner; "...The last 6 miles were the best racing miles I've ever done...." Read the full quote
 Steven Riley; "...fake booing..." Read the full quote
 Jeni Furse; "...year 6 offer to help me down the stairs because they were proud of me..." Read the full quote
 Nick; "...Compared to supporting... running was a doddle..." Read the full quote
  Noelene; "... uplifting and inspiring..." Read the full quote
  little gray haired lady aka. Liz White; "...the oldest, rustiest, yellowest tandem I have ever seen..." Read the full quote
  Smitch; "...One of the most exhilarating & emotional days of my life....." Read the full quote
  Tampopo; "...generosity and kindness squeezed into London..." Read the full quote
  Runningman; "...Hit the wall at mile one and never recovered..." Read the full quote
  Nik Shelton; "...never experienced such pain..." Read the full quote
  DC; "...Did they come from 'rent a good crowd'?..." Read the full quote
  Kiwi Chica; "...what an incredible experience and what an amazing crowd!..." Read the full quote

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