I never sent mine in, I just rang them and told them I really wanted them to cover it for me. I was in two local papers twice before the event and they have been back out today for a follow up on what I acheived!
yes, collecting the money! Luckily I have most of it paid already online, but i still have a few hundred pounds to collect in, most of that will be done by tomorrow I hope as someone else has collected a load already for me.
I didn't have anyone at the finish line except Jo who I walked with, we then waited for the other 3 of the team to come in (We walked ahead as we were at faster pace) I really hoped Dh would come up, but he didn't which deep down really upset me, but never mind, life goes on
We left Woodley at just after 6.30pm and headed up to London. As we got nearer to Hyde Park we started to see pink hats that were taking over the streets! Once we arrived at the drop off point, we joined the queue of thousands to make our way into Playtex village. Once we finally got in, we collected our space blankets and rain macs and headed to the big marquee to find a base point until it was time to start. There was an enormous queue for food, but being the ever impatient I managed to find a way to the shorter of the queues, leaving the others at base until I needed help with carrying it all! Once we were fed and watered, it was time for a minutes silence, well, as silent as it could be with many phones going off! The time came to head to the start line, we said our goodbyes to Guru and headed out with all the other orange starters. At 10.45pm on the dot, we were off, making our way through Hyde Park, and out towards Hyde Park Corner. The police helped us to cross the main road and we were off again through Wellington Arch and up Constitution Hill, round the Palace and up the Mall, Horse guards Parade, round to Big Ben as it struck Midnight, over Westminster Bridge, down along the back of County Hall, then around up past the London Eye and all the way along to Tower Bridge (7 miles). Back we went down the other side of the embankment until we said goodbye to the half mooners just before 10 miles. We then went back over Westminster Bridge, along Albert embankment and on towards Battersea. At that point our team of 4 broke into 2 pairs as we all changed pace. Through Battersea Park we went and back out onto the streets where we were greeted with many a drunken reveller to keep us entertained! Once we got to 20 miles it started to rain, it was heavy but lasted no more than 20 minutes, which was lucky! Not far to go, just a weekday training session really!!! So Slone Square, River Thames and back into Westminster with Big Ben showing at 4.45am. Back onto the start of the route heading back into Hyde Park, we still had another 2½ miles to go once there but a few more energy gels and we were going strong. The nearer we got to the finish line, the more and more spectators were cheering for us, secretly I was still hoping to see a familiar face in the crowds but it was not to be L, and then we turned a corner and the finishing line was in full view, we marched on and over the line at 6.20am, holding hands and thankful we had got to the end with no problems along the way!!! I had done it, no blisters, no damages, the training had paid off, and I am now a proud owner of a Playtex Moonwalk Marathon Medal.