What a fantastic day! Beautiful weather, superb crowds.
This was my second marathon. I did it once for the experience in 1999, but trained harder and followed so much RW advice this time. You can't imagine how much the newsletter and web page meant to me. I've knocked 50 minutes off my last time even though I'm now six years older. And I broke four hours....fab!
Best moment: just savouring the roar of the crowd all the way round from Blackheath to Westminster. It makes you so proud of your home city and of course seeing your family and friends cheering you on when they've been so understanding during all the training.
The worst moment was when I was bursting for a wee, desperate to go and then the RW pacer (nine-minute mile pace) runs past me at 13 miles. If I was to have a chance of achieving my goal of a sub-four hour finish I knew I couldn't afford to stop as I'd never catch them again. So I kept my legs crossed, fingers crossed and kept running. I tried not to think about it for the next 13 miles and then by the time I'd finished I didn't want to go any more!
Key to success: for me, it was the RW pacers on the day... thank you so much!; some good hill- and speedwork over the winter, and my MP3 player ! (I recommend Keane, Barry White's 'You're my everything' and Maroon 5)
A golden moment was in the changing tent at the start when someone broke the ice when they asked the male runner getting changed into a fancy dress costume portraying a women giving him a piggy back a la 'Bernie Clifton' and asked how his training runs had gone in the costume?
A final memorable feeling for me was just the unspoken mutual respect you all shared for every other runner. I felt particularly emotional when the 'rhinos' lined up at the start and got an unprompted burst of applause from everyone near them and when all the thousands and thousands in Greenwich Park cheered when the race started. Thank you everyone for such a special day.