Having had breakfast at 7:30 I left for the start at 8:15 the train was stopped on the track which was ok because I was sat and it was raining outside. Got to the Fast for age start and walked straight into Mace who wasn't 100% sure if I was me as I'm English not Irish and the accent throw him a little but it was great to see him and he ran a fantastic race well done mate brilliant Like NN said it was cold and standing around in a plastic bag with hat and gloves I was ready for the off. A few guys from Northern Ireland had said they wanted to go sub 3 and the plan was to go out at 6:45 pace and hold that. One of the guys was off the Blue start and it was great to see him as the different starts merged after a few miles. Ok my Garmin went a little hey wire and gave me a total distance of 30 miles not sure why but hey ho. We ran in a group and everything felt very easy I was pointing out all the sights and we also ran with Elvis aka DanA from the sub 3 forum for a short while. Not 100% sure when it was but at some stage Joe sailed past looking fresh from a great weeks running. Over Tower Bridge and past the half way mark in 1:29:05 which is the slowest Ive ever got to the half way point but feeling very strong and full of running.
At around the 18 mile point the two guys from NI that I had been running with started to fall away this was part due to cramps that one of them was suffering from 10k splits so far 41:43, 42:41, 41:52 so very consistent up to 18 miles. I passed Joe around this spot but he still looked strong. Ok now to try and hold the pace and push on a little bit harder with each mile that is ticked off. I was passing runners going down the Embankment and still feeling good turning right at Westminster Bridge Joe steamed past me, I must admit I thought bloody hell where did he come from but good on him " must be the younger legs" On to Birdcage Walk and pushing hard and past the 600m to go sign. My OH stands in the same place every year and I spotted her running over to give her a kiss and a hug before turning for the Mall still feeling strong and crossing the line in 2:57:02 and a nice new PB. Ok it could have been a 2:56 but what the hell its still a PB. Last 12.2Km done in 50:46 total avg pace 6:45
Placed 69th in my age group and 1381st overall so yep very happy with that. I had said this was my last marathon but who knows, remember never say never.
Great race report NN and a fantastic new PB if your finish was on TV i'm going to see it on my return home, hope the face is ok and the legs have recovered well Anita said your a star x
Race report, well i'm going to start with the worst part first which is always the journey over, having flown over from Belfast and meeting up with Fiona for a quick cup of tea/coffee it was time to catch the Gatwick Express into Victoria, The Station was packed and so was the train whilst placing my case under the seats the train moved and I had the worst 5 mins thinking the marathon was over before it started but thankfully it was just a twinge Great to meet up with NN and her other half for cake in the park " he is a real nice guy " Saturday night the couple in the next room where at it like rabbits with the head board bagging away against the wall, this went on until 5 am and my OH informed me again at 8:30 am.
De-lurking after a number of years and 3rd sub 3 hour marathon at London, some amazing times by everyone and it was great to run with DanA for a few miles, how did you kept cool in that wig? So a PB for me today of 2:57:02 not so shabby for someone 54 years of age, wish I had taken it up years ago but thats life, hope you all had a few pints to celebrate.