My 2004 London Marathon

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

Posted: 21 April 2004
by Lucy Hynes

Time: 5:07

A fantastic, life-changing day. The crowds were brilliant - so much so, I couldn't believe I was at Tower Bridge first time round so quickly. People shouting you on just keeps you going all the way.  

Best moment - seeing my family on Embankment - very emotional - I was nearly there and knew I was going to do it!  

Hardest time - between 20 and 22! Slowed down - seems a long way but determined not to stop. Thought about the reason I was running - for my best friend Liz, who died of breast cancer 2 years ago - she kept me running - she was my inspiration. I ran for the Bristol Cancer Help Centre.  

5 hours would have been fantastic - 5.30 great - I did it in 5.07 and ran all the way! I knew if I walked I would keep stopping and starting so I kept on running.  

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, age 5 (who cheered me and thousands of others on all the way round - he was the one handing out jelly babies!)  

Brilliant day never to be forgotten! Next challenge....

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