My 2004 London Marathon

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


Posted: 26 April 2004
by Matt Dean

Time: 4:04

Sunday was my first marathon. I came in at 4:04 and am currently in great pain but.......it was worth it!!!

I started at the blue start and hooked up with the 9.00 minute mile pacer.

I was running for Children with Leukaemia and stayed with him until just past 24 miles. I gave in after that and had a little walk/run/walk stage but got an energy surge and managed a sprint finish which felt amazing.

I wanted to thank that man because I would have fallen so much earlier. Having the pacer helped, not only to pace myself but, also psychologically eliminated any chance of walking earlier in the race. Every time I wanted to give up, I knew that that one moment of weakness would mean losing the pacer and the whole race would be much harder on my own.

Thank you. I had a great day.

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