My 2004 London Marathon

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

Posted: 21 April 2004
by Plodding Hippo

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I had high hopes of this race, having done an ultra with a marathon PB 6 weeks previously...  

But on the other hand, I wanted to appreciate the day, something I didn't manage last year    

I wasn't prepared for the weather, so despite a warm-up at Reading it was hard from 3 miles in.  

Mile 18 was wonderful, not just because of the gin. I will allow 10 minutes next year to hug EVERYONE who was there. You supporters are stars!    

Fuelled by gin, I managed to stop two people giving up at mile 19 ------ I usually hit the "wall" at 10 miles, so knew what to do for them. And the the pointer sisters fuelled a sprint at 21 miles...  

The last five miles was a slog; I passed Fauja Singh, and I think I stayed ahead of Bubble. And I kept on doing little bits of running.  

The worst was the finish -- the downpour meant that many were walking dispiritedly instead of the triumphal sprints I'd seen last year - a pity. But the baggage people were truly wonderful, even helping us to get dressed - thank you all.   

And a BIG thankyou to the Londoners, who even padded out miles 21-24.  

...and to the marshals, especially nicko (ta for the snog)

...and to St Johns, and the water people    

This time, I appreciated the whole thing much more

yeah, I had trots

yes, I didnt do a pb

But I took 5 mins off last year's time, and I think this year I truly experienced London

I'll be back... Rain or Shine!

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