My best moment was the crowd support. Even though the weather was dreadful,
they were brilliant. I couldn't have managed the last 7 miles without
everyone shouting my name. My second best moment would have to be getting a big
kiss on the head from fellow forumite Legless at mile (although don't tell
My worst moment was sitting down at mile 4, feeling light-headed with a very
high temperature and kicking myself for being an idiot and not listening to
medical advice and running whilst suffering with a virus.
My goal was simply just to finish this year (in under 5 hours). After
missing loads of training with illness I just wanted to get round and raise
as much money as I could for the Lymphoma Assocation as a close family
member had just been recently diagnosed with Lymphatic Cancer. My actual
finishing time was: 4:59:12 (just made it).
What would I do differently...
Next time I wouldn't run a marathon unless I felt 100%. It's possible to do
a lesser distance race without the proper training, but you can't cheat a
marathon. The key to my success yesterday was pure will power and
I'll be celebrating by... Putting my feet up with a well deserved JD and
coke (and huge amounts of McDonalds).