Posted: 14/06/2004 at 21:34
Hi, folks! Here's my tuppeny ha'penny. Three words sum it up:
WELL DONE EVERYONE!!!!
You are all complete and total heros. And no mistake. It was so lovely to meet so many of you at the well before the race. Try as I might, I don't think I saw everyone on the way round the course. But I was clapping and cheering for everyone indiscriminately anyway! It was quite some sight to see the hoardes streaming down Arthur's Seat. I managed to find myself a nice spot near the finish line and saw some sights there - I've heard about people collapsing within feet of the finish line but had never seen it happen until yesterday. There were a few people who had to be helped to the end and some who collapsed just as they got over - one chap literally rolled over it. Mind you, he made sure to get his feet over first to take a few seconds off his time!!!
It was incredibly hot out there on the course. I was rather sun reddened when I got home, so heaven knows how it must have been for you all running in it. What an effort. And the wind seemed to pick up quite a bit too. All in all, not the best of conditions. So, to everyone who is feelign a little downhearted, try to give yourselves a pat on the back for coming through in tough circumstances. Hope all your aches and pains disappear soon! I've still got a sore throat from screeching so much!
Special mention has to go to BillyB. What a bluddy shame about your cramp and what a bluddy shame about your PB. I was all set with my camera from 3.10, just in case. I was gutted for you, mate. I don't know if you heard me shouting for you at the finish line - I could see that you weren't your usual self so wondered what had gone wrong for you. Chin up, eh? Next year - BRING IT ON!!
Here's a nice tale to end on. For most of the afternoon, I was standing next to a very interesting chap whose wife was the UK super-super-super Vet marathon champion (Catherine O'Rourke). Age 68, she and her husband took up running in their 50s. They travel all over the world doing marathons and have completed around 30 each, taking an hour off their best time since they started. Now, if THAT aint inspirational then I don't know what is. :-)