Posted: Today at 13:55
London Marathon Race report 2014
My weekend started at 7am on the Saturday morning. My Wife decided we needed to be on the road for 8am. I thought we could have had a bit of a lie in, but who am I in this process to make such calls.
We arrived at the Premier Inn in Richmond for 10am. I then insisted that we cover the complete route to waterloo East as a dry run. It all seemed pretty straightforward. A quick in and out of the expo and we were back into London.
I had this vision of a somewhat chilled afternoon, my Wife, unbeknown to me, had different ideas. Following a brief lunch we then tackled what with hindsight was a well planned and executed 2 hour walk of the core tourists sites. I followed in silent bewilderment. We then got back to Richmond in time for a quick change and out for dinner (thanks for the recommendation Rachel, was very nice). We were back home by 21.30 which gave me time to get everything together.
Following a somewhat fitful nights sleep I awoke at circa 5.30 with enhanced pre race nerves. I then lay in bed until my alarm at 6.30, dozing and routinely waking to break wind. I then glanced out of the window. Never before has glorious blue sky been met with such disappointment. Following a quick shower I then took my porridge downstairs to the chef. I bumped into another chap doing the marathon. I was a complete bag of nervous energy, somewhat akin to a youth on speed. By contract this bloke was horizontal, not even knowing what time the train was.
The journey to Waterloo East was somewhat uneventful. I found a pleasant Irish chap to talk at. I then got on the Greenwich train and talked at more people and then found some more people at Greenwich park to do the same to.
Eventually I got to the race zone, said goodbye to my bag and joined the first toilet queue I could find, armed with my own toilet roll of course. The queue was horrendous and I made my thoughts very clear. For some reason a kindly French women approached me and advised in confidence that there were further toilets towards the start that were quiet. I went there and found a nominal queue. Once in a toilet I decided the next 20 minutes were best spent staying right there. I had some bananas and a drink so just chilled out for a bit. I then exited at 8.50 and made my way to the pen.