My 2004 London Marathon

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

Posted: 26 April 2004
by Twinkle

Time: 7:00

This was my first (and last) marathon and it was incredible. The support around the course was unbelievable, especially in the appalling weather. The best bit was feeling like a celebrity with huge crowds of people calling out my name and telling me that I was looking great and I could do it (especially valuable when I knew I wasn't and wasn't at all sure I could!)

The worst bit was from Mile 21 when the heavens opened. I have never felt so cold and wet and miserable in my entire life. Thankfully, two St John's Ambulance people came running up at The Tower of London and wrapped me in a foil blanket or I'm sure I'd have turned blue!

By Mile 25, I was convinced that I was going to give up because I just couldn't make my legs work any more. Then my family came looking for me, wrapped me in their coats and helped me stagger along to the Mall. Without them, I'd never have made it to the end and they even persuaded me to run the last few yards, just so I could feel the sense of achievement at crossing the line on my own.

It may have taken me 7 hours to complete the course, but it was a unique experience and it renewed my faith in people. The spectators and other runners were just amazing and, even though I ran 'on my own' I never felt alone for a moment.

This time last year, I couldn't have run for a bus and was just starting out on a walk 1 minute/run 1 minute programme in preparation for my first charity 10k. Now I feel privileged to have been able to raise money for a great cause - Phab - while being part of such a great event.

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To anyone reading this who has run the London Marathon for the first time or have been helped by St John Ambulance. I am running My first LM with my daughter and need all the sponsorship I can get for this great charity . My web site for donations is

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