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15/04/2005 at 22:53
Best of luck every one.
I'm a first timer red start Pen 9 I think -definitly a plodder - number 35927 red vest.
Quite excited and nervous. Some lovely anonymous person donated £100 on my justgiving site, so am chuffed to bits. Have just done a bit of accidental exercise as there was a fire alarm and I had to go outside and oggle firemen for a bit.
Go team 4!!
15/04/2005 at 23:48
Kerzo, also in red start pen 9, number 40712, doing a run 11 mins, walk 1 strategy with Danni and poss. some others. You're welcome to join us - anticipating taking approx 5 hours to get round?

I think red start forumites are trying to meet at the Bandstand in Greenwich Park 8 o'clock onwards Sunday, if you want to meet up.

Ogling firemen....lucky you!!
16/04/2005 at 11:05
GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL, i am very envious of you, its quite an occasion,enjoy it all, this is going to be something you remember for the rest of your life!

16/04/2005 at 18:42
Ooooh, isn't it quiet round here now!!
16/04/2005 at 18:42
Wonder why??
16/04/2005 at 18:43
Is there something big going on somewhere??!!
M...eldy    pirate
16/04/2005 at 18:46
go go go Team 7 ... see you there !!
16/04/2005 at 19:08
Good luck everybody!
17/04/2005 at 05:53
Morning and good luck everyone!!

(especially team 7)

Red start pen 4 for me, No43603 - have my name 'Tony' and 'www.fetcheveryone.com' on my back so do say 'ello if you spot me :O)
17/04/2005 at 17:48
well done all teams and all runners, wasnt it 'ot!!!

sorry to the members of my team 1 that i missed, you were too quick for me!!!!! i was there, honest.

great day, you were all terrific and im very very envious...
17/04/2005 at 18:00
Superbly organised Meerkat! My race report from the Team 4 viewpoint is posted in the Beginners -> Working At It Slowly thread. Nice to meet so many forumites. Big hugs all round to runners and supporters alike. A terrific event and superb weather to boot! No-one wanted my flask of hot coffee....
17/04/2005 at 20:17
Just wanted to say thank you very much to Meerkat for organising everything - I thoroughly appreciated my Team 4 jellybabies and it was great to see so many supporters.

Thanks again, what a great day!

17/04/2005 at 21:30
Thanks to you all for the support at Mile 17 and everyone who cheered us at other points of the route.

Fantastic day.
18/04/2005 at 00:40

Well done today :)

It was great being at Mudchute . . looking forward to hearing more stories . .

there are a few photographs from Mudchute to look at . . just some thumbnails of the runners for now . . photographs of the Expo, the fun we had getting ready for the runners to come through Mudchute and some winding down after wards . . with larger versions to look at . . will follow later in the week . .

be good to yourselves . . you deserve it :)
18/04/2005 at 07:54
I will start with an apology for all at 17mile sorry missed you I dont know how

met Pizza Man on the way to 17 moved to the left side of road but I was just to focused
set a PB though of 3.08.52 only 42secs slower in 2nd half

thanks all for being their did have my formulite name on the front of vest so you may have seen me

be back though next year on the GFA start provided they do not move the goal posts
18/04/2005 at 10:07
A huge, huge thank you for the amazing support, you wonderful people! Thanks to Meerkat and all the teams for the phenomenal organisation. It was incredible.

As you can tell from Rich's photo, I was really suffering with the heat by mile 17 - and would definitely have crashed straight through the wall if it hadn't been for a sea of smiling faces, hugs from Rich, Tigerrunner and Legless (sorry team 8, didn't mean to poach your support), ribena and jelly babies. YOU STARS!!!

As it was, I had the best day and thank you all so much for what you did to make it that way.

In case anybody's interested, here's how the weekend went for me...
Delighted to meet up with Rich, Hippo, Tigerrunner and Trinity at the expo on Sat afternoon.
Sunday am felt awful, and after the worst night's sleep of my life the horror deepened when I looked out of the window at that cloudless sky...
However, day improved considerably when I met Hippo at Greenwich Park - big hug for calming me down Hippo - thanks!
7 minutes to cross the start and the first few miles were really good fun and my family support were at 6 miles which was great.
At about 11 miles I started to think it was getting very hot and there was still a long way to go.
At 15 miles my family were there again, bless them, but despite that I slowed between for the next 2 miles and I thought it was about to all end in disaster - but then I saw you SUPER STAR SUPPORTERs and it all looked a whole lot better..
Then Mum Dad and my son Alex were there again at 19 miles and all of a suden I hit 20 miles and despite the heat and being totally shattered, it all started to be fun again.
25 miles saw another start turn from my top family team and some noisy support from team Macmillan and by this time I realised I was on for a pb if I could only keep going..

so it all ended happily with 4 hrs 3 min on my watch, but the chip gave me time off for good behaviour so the final score was:
4 hrs 2 min 54 sec - pb by 5 minutes!
overall position 10113
position in the ladies 1590
position in my age group 654.

Thanks all for a fab day - see you in Abingdon (and oh yes .. one day we will do sub 4!)
18/04/2005 at 11:52
Wanted to add my thanks too. It was my first marathon, and found it hard in the heat. Really helped to know there were supporters to look out for at stategic points. Had hoped to try & meet up @ the Thistle on Satuday, but forgot to take a note of the road name, and couldn't find it. Had already been on my feet a fair bit with the Expo etc. so thought I should head back & get my feet up.
I'd estimated 5:30, and feared I hadn't a chance around miles 19-23, when I had to have a few walk breaks, but picked up somthing from somewhere at the end, and came in at 5:32:34, so was pretty well pleased with that
18/04/2005 at 13:12
Welll done all! and thank you so much to team 4, the biscuits really came in handy and meant I didni't have to drink so much of that AWFUL Lucozade Sport. I'll be sick if i ever touch another drop.

I was actually finding it all really tough, not sure why but the aches started about mile 6 instead of mile 20 as I was expecting so was slower than should be - my watch said 5h14 as I knocked off the pitstops, chip said 5h20, still I did it and finished with a smile after quite a bit of walking from mile 20.

I had totally forgotten about the team at mile 17, suspect mental effort had almost packed up by then, so was v pleased to see WRN banner and realise you guyes would be coming up soon. I had no support on the course at all so it was nice to see some real people! (as oppoosed to the ones who were shouting my name but I didn't know them) Did see Tiny Toes and Stonking Bonkers but only briefly, hope you guys were OK in the heat and all. What possesses people to wear furry suits?!
18/04/2005 at 13:44
Afternoon all, sorry I missed you caramac, not sure who it was that gave me the drink and the jelly babies but many thanks to them and the rest of you, especially Meerkat for all the trouble you took yesterday it was really appreciated. And if I never want to see another energy gel for a long time.
18/04/2005 at 14:12
WW, i did see you but you had gone past by the time i realised it was you, i didnt know whether to shout peeps real names or their forum names! Well done tho, you looked good from where iwas standing!
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