My 2004 London Marathon

How was it for you? - Quotes and pictures from London 04

Posted: 21 April 2004
by Jason L

Time: 4:59

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 his wife).

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 determination.

I'll be celebrating by... Putting my feet up with a well deserved JD and coke (and huge amounts of McDonalds).

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