Trying to compose my thoughts in lieu of today's events... Throughout the months of training and, ultimately, the 26.2 miles of the race itself, a marathon can feel like a lonely, intensely individual experience. It isn't, of course. Far from it. One of the first messages I got after I ran my first marathon in 2011 at Loch Ness was from a friend from school, a keen marathon runner whom I hadn't seen in a decade. It simply said: "Congratulations, welcome to the club." That's what a marathon does: galvinises friends and strangers alike and forms a bond between them tighter and more significant than any terrorism 'brotherhood'. It takes courage and resolve to run a marathon. The only thing required to set off explosives is cowardice. That's why the people responsible for what has happened today in Boston will never win. Keep running, folks.
Going over to run the Berlin Marathon for the first time nest month and just wondering if there is any sort of official/unofficial meeting place designated somewhere for before or after the race for Scots/Brits etc? Cheers all!