Bob Depledge wrote (see)
Highlight: catching up on my stats and realising that over the last 7k I passed 1313 runners and was only overtaken by 17 - be interested to know if anyone can beat this!
Well 17 other runners did!
Your best moment (apart from the finish) - Probably going through 20M and realising I was still ahead of schedule
Your worst moment - The last two miles, my quads had given up and my feet were burning
What surprised you most about the day - The sheer number of people involved, from marshals to spectators to the tube companies.
Your most memorable moment - Finishing!
What your goal was, and how your finishing time compared. My goal was an optimistic 2:50, I surprised myself with 2:46.
And of course, how you celebrated! Ate the food in the goody bag, had a shower, got more food and rushed back to university!
By far my favourite marathon, weather helped, but so much support. Managed to lead for a bit of the race www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCqSXbayHh0
My best moment of VLM 2013 (apart from the finish) without a doubt was seeing my daughter at Mile 18 with my granddaughter and best friend who I was raising money for – my daughter having travelled home from Peru where her baby was born. I cannot top that moment and it gave me the push I needed, my daughter has been a top supporter of me and said after that in all my 10 marathons she has never seen me so in the zone!
My worst moment was at 22 miles when I felt my left leg cramping and suddenly had the slight panic set in of 'oh no, I am not going to achieve what I have trained so hard for'
My biggest surprise was a personal one; that I could get below the time I wanted for GFA, having never quite achieved the times I aimed for in the past and therefore not being in the company of quite so many fancy dress runners as in past years!
Well the most memorable moment without a shadow of a doubt was hitting the 800 metres to go and knowing that unless I hit some almighty big wall, sub 4.15 and GFA was mine!!
SO my goal was sub 4.15, job done in 4.11.49 and a pb of 7 mins! To say I am over the moon....
Celebration was tame, I had stuffed crust pizza at home with my daughter and granddaughter and a couple of pints of guinness – amazing recovery fuel!! Just chilled with them at home and felt the amazing after glow of actually reaching my goal.
camberwell nice one!! love your worst and best moment
Best moment : Turning the corner and seeing Tower Bridge in front of me. I had the biggest grin plastered over my face. As I ran across it was as if someone turned up the volume on the cheering, it was so intense. Then seeing my family at halfway, that was really special.
Worst moment : Realising at mile 7 I had developed a blister on one toe, despite the blister plaster on it, and the anti-blister socks. Then it burst at mile 21 - lovely. It still couldn't spoil the day.
Next best moment : walking into the Leukaemia Research post race reception and having everyone in the room clapping me.
Last best moment : finding out I had beaten Kelly Sotherton & Iwan Thomas.
Best moments: The constant din from the crowd, particularly at Cutty Sark, Canary Wharf and Tower Bridge, amazing support. The hose at 20 miles. Some guy chucking me a banana just before the tunnel of death. The registration chap at the Expo realising I had been put in the wrong starting pen and put a "3" sticker over it.
Worst moments: Said sticker falling off and having to start at Pen 9 which removed all hope of a 3:30 run. Dropping all my Shot Blocs through an unknown hole in my shorts pocket.
Biggest Surprise: The volume of people supporting, and how stunning London is on a nice day (I've never properly visited London before!)
Most Memorable: The scenes at Tower Bridge, running over was a buzz I'll remember for the rest of my life.
Best moment was probably going over Tower Bridge - incredible atmosphere
Worst moment - Getting to mile 20, & my legs telling me they could no longer function properly
I was very suprised at how crowded the marathon was, and the amount of slower runners in front of me blocking my way
Most memorable was staying on track at mile 19 and seeing my friends cheers me on
I aimed for sub 4, got 4.21
Celebrated with a a couple of pints with my mates
Probably Greenwich/Deptford when I was feeling good and the crowds were from all different creeds/colours/classes and were all very friendly. Then I started getting tired.
Needing a wee so early on despite trying my best to make sure my bladder was totally empty before starting.
The amount of support - I thought they'd be more quiet patches, especially after Boston. Is it normally that busy?
Seeing friends cheering me on as coming out of Blackfriars underpass - was not expecting it and helped a lot.
Sub 2.55, got 2.50.21
Went to McDonalds on my own....
shanko I got hosed at 20 miles, my hair was soaked and stuck to my head and when I saw my daughter at the finish she somehow thought my hair looked good! What bad luck with the sticker and gels! Did you take th egels they handed out? WHat time did you get inthe end?
I ran Antwerp on Sunday -do you want my race report as well?
Seeing my wife and kids at about mile 12 - nice boost. The crowds at Tower Bridge, the 50 or so supporters from my club at about halfway.
Between miles 20 and 24 I can safely say I've never been in such pain from running - I couldn't get my legs moving and slowed to a desultory run/walk from there on. I was so delirious that I missed my wife and kids, their cousins and other family members at 23 miles. They said I walked past within a few feet but didn't flicker when they shouted. I think I was feverish by then. I did manage to jog the final two miles, however.
How badly I faded, to be honest. I'd had injury problems in the run-up, including back spasms after my last long run three weeks before and a dodgy knee in my last run on the Monday before, but the tightening up of my hamstrings after about 17 miles was about 11 on the pain scale. I think it shows how even a minor disruption can badly affect you. Or that I'm just not made to run marathons. It's definitely my last, of three.
Just the crowds in general up to about 17 miles. After that, I have to admit the crowd became more of an irritant to me, though I know they all meant well.
Sub 3hrs40. Got 4hrs06.40.
Wasn't really celebrating missing out by so much, but had a few beers with the club. That was bittersweet because so many people had done fantastic times.
Yep - Mr Alki passed 1749 runners and was overtaken by 4.
Wabo I grabbed the Lucozade Gels they were handing out but as I don't train with Lucozade I found the gels too sweet and they didn't agree with me. It didn't matter too much, defeating the wall by keeping going was satisfying.
I finished in 3:46:51 which I am very happy with. When I ended up in Pen 9 I decided to forget chasing a time and to enjoy the event. And I did
It was an absolutely amazing day, I was running (if you can call it that!) for Samaritans, so wanted to make people smile and was going to play "Bring Me Sunshine" every 5kms, but instead I played when anyone asked - although perhaps they regretted it!! Also enjoyed dancing with the bands at every pub (didn't stop for a drink, honestly!). Perhaps I should have concentrated on running then it wouldn't have taken 7 hours, 9 minutes & 20 seconds?!! Everyone was so fantastic, the crowds, the children giving jelly babies, all the other runners and supporters and especially Doris, a fellow team member, we stayed pretty much together until she sped off towards the end!
Your best moment (apart from the finish) - 1) seeing my Mum after 17 miles 2) entering the last 6 miles feeling the best I ever had after that distance 3) nerve jangling in the starting pen and the 30 second silenceYour worst moment - a lot of Isle of Dogs, roads too narrow and crowded between miles 15-17What surprised you most about the day - support in the early part of the course especially outside a lot of the pubs - fabulousYour most memorable moment - the drummers under the flyover somewhere in the first half - deafening bassy racketWhat your goal was, and how your finishing time compared - 3:30 goal, got in at 3:28:01, totally delightedAnd of course, how you celebrated! - bucket of ice cream at home with Mrs and dog watching the re-run of Alistair Brownlee smashing it in San Diego earlier
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