What inspired you to take part in the London Marathon?
The experience. I just had to do it. It was something I could prove to myself without a competitive edge (I was never going to win!)
Did you run it in an inspired way, e.g. did you dress up or did you run for a charity? If so, why?
Ran for 2 cancer charities. A close friend was diagnosed, it seemed an appropriate way to say she was special.
What was it about the Marathon that made it special for you?
The crowds. The level of pride I had in myself when I completed it. The level of dedication I had during the hellish training (it really is hell but worth it. The fact that it got rid of the chip on my shoulder which signified when I always came last at school.
The hotels are really expensive but the best hotel I stayed in (and most reasonably priced) was the Radisson close to Trafalgar Square. There is underground parking close by and it is only a short walk back after the marathon. Compared to a previous year where I tried to hail a cab because I couldn't get down the steps to the tube, it was bliss. Also it's close to Charing Cross for the free trains in the morning. Thats the place to get the train.. try and catch it further along the line and you just won;t get on. It cost £130 a night but was worth it as I arrived at Greenwich stressfree and relaxed after the marathon without any cares... If you can't get in there my advice is find any room close to Charing Cross .
You know I thought about it last night (I've been mulling this over for almost a week) and I also came to the conclusion that he couldn't have got a medal.. otherwise he'd have some cheesy pics like me grinning like a Cheshire Cat. If only he was a celeb imposter = heat would love it... it could pay for some new running stuff.. or a pedicure!!!
Just heard that a woman called Jennie Page who was partially paralysed after a brain tumour will finish the marathon tomorrow about 1pm. What an achievement for her - she's been doing 4 miles a day. I hope some people are there to cheer for her when she gets her medal.