My VLM 2010: SCharm (4:28)

I have never experienced anything like it and suspect no other race will ever live up to the London Marathon


Posted: 29 April 2010
by SCharm

This was my first London Marathon, and I was very lucky to get a ballot place after only trying once before. 

The marathon to me was like a great big carnival - it was just fantastic! The noise of the crowds cheering you on, the smell of barbecue food, people offering you sweets, fruit, and high-fives! The camaraderie of both runners and supporters - it was brilliant.  I have never experienced anything like it and suspect that no other race will live up to the London Marathon.

The best moment for me was crossing Tower Bridge.  Having watched the marathon on telly for years, this was what I wanted to do - run across Tower Bridge in the London Marathon. I did and it was awesome. I cried!   

The worst bit was Blackfriars Underpass. Suddenly it was all quiet and it was at that point that I started to tire. But not for long - as I came out of the tunnel the roar of the crowds on The Mall met me and I was off again, struggling on to the finish line. 

My goal was sub-4:30 and I finished in 4:28 so I was well chuffed. I was also second home for my running club, which was a surprise. 

My celebrations have been pretty low-key - a glass of wine on the train home (well, I hadn't had a drink for over a month) then a trip to the Turkish Baths on Monday and a massage to sort out my battered legs.  Oh and lots and lots of cheese! I decided that as I was craving it, it must mean my body was lacking something. Only cheese was going to put it right (well until tomorrow, then I'm back to limited amounts of cheese!)

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