Targets set in January were, finish, PB (2:42) sub 2:40 (same target that I failed to hit in October) and dream sub 6:00 pace. Training had gone well with no problems and a good confidence builder at Wilmslow so thought I was on for these if it was a reasonable day.
Met family down there so had a good weekend and even enjoyed going to the Expo on Friday.
Sunday morning dawned after a reasonable amount of sleep and whether looked good, ok some rain but best conditions I ve won a marathon in. I wont bore you with the luxuries of the champions area of the start needless to say I was a bit nervous to fully enjoy the sauna.
Considering what start I had it was still a bit of a bun fight to get going but soon settled into pace and was setting target pace without having to use my garmin. Did not manage to get into a group but met a friend from Yorkshire at about 8 miles and ran with him for a bit before he increased the pace and I let him go. Did not feel great but pulse was right so kept going.
Half way 1:18:10 felt hard up to 18 miles but then started passing people and felt better. Final 7 miles were hard but was surprised that kept the pace going. Although finish was amazing was just pushing to keep the pace. Seven people past me in final 7 k but I passed 40 including my mate from Yorkshire. When I got on Embankment Big Ben looked miles away. Finish was great and good to see the other SH.
Missed sub 6:00 pace by about a second but great to get such a PB not sure how I could have improved on the day, maybe a little less Lucazade at the first drinks station as this repeated on me later on.
Crowds were amazing all the way round, never heard Stockport screamed so much, running over Tower Bridge was worth it on its own. Do not know why you would want to do it.