My 2004 London Marathon

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


Posted: 26 April 2004
by Nick Richardson

Time: 3:27

Q: What was the best moment (excluding the finish)?
A: Seeing my Sister, Mum, Dad and Brother in law with 1 mile to go. Also when the race started, because it was so cold on the start line.

Q:And the worst moment?
A: Not seeing Wife and children anywhere. Also realising that I probably hadn’t eaten quite enough, and was running on empty, and smashing into the bloke in front of me who stopped dead in the middle of a drinks station to swig his water.

Q:The biggest surprise? Or the most memorable moment?
A: Surprise - When I turned the corner at Buckingham Palace and discovered that the finish line wasn’t at the top of the Mall but was only a couple of hundred yards away.
A: Memorable – the poor girl in front of me who thought she’d farted. The brilliant crowds. The rain, and basically the whole FLM experience.

Q:What was your goal?
A: Public goal was 3:40 private and real goal was sub 3:30.

Q:And what was your finishing time?
A: 3:27:03

Q:What would you do differently?
A: Eat more before the race.  And indeed what was the key to your success? Plenty of long off road training runs over the hills in the Yorkshire Dales, and sitting on the heels of the 08:00 min mile pacers for the entire race. Huge thanks to the RW pacers.

Q:How will you be celebrating?
A: Beer, pizza, rest, new toe nails on at least two toes, Leeds Half on May 16th.

I think the marathon is a bit like remembering your school years. Even though at the time you were getting your head kicked in by a sixth form thug, you still look back and remember it as being good fun!

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