My 2004 London Marathon

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


Posted: 26 April 2004
by Joe Money

Time: 4:09

Worst moment was halfway with a cramped leg, feeling slower and more tired than at the end of the Great North Run but with the same distance to run again! However the best moment was possibly at 21 miles when I realised that I still had enough in the tank to finish near my hoped-for 4 hours.

Many memorable moments but one from early on was passing Fauja Singh, the oldest man in the race,. He got such a huge cheer from the crowd that it made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

My goal was to finish in around four hours. I hoped to just get under but didn't succeed, recording 4.09.29 - still pretty pleased.

I'll definitely be doing another marathon and would increase and vary my training more. I did the long runs required but only started doing shorter faster runs nearer the time and felt the boost that they can give you. I'll probably also join a club to get a bit more advice and support.

Celebrations took the form of a chicken curry and I'll probably have a cheeky pint tonight now that I can actually walk to the pub and back.

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