My 2004 London Marathon

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This was my 6th London and possibly the worst! My training was a source of constant interruptions due to pressure of work and family. By raceday I just hadn't put in enough miles and my longest run had only been an 18, so by the time I reached 19 in the race I was rapidly running out of knees. Limping home with failure not an option.

In pain and getting cold, the final insult came with a torrential downpour just as I crossed the finish line . When I retrieved my kitbag it had been stored outside and rain had leaked over my 'warm dry kit'. Having limited options I had to wear it, my body temperature continued to drop and I started to feel unwell.

My priority was to get back to my family, waiting for me with the car. By the time I reached Charing Cross my eyesight was dimming; I could now not read the train information. I asked a rail employee what train to take back to Blackheath. I had 15 mins to wait but knowing I had only a short train ride to safety and dry clothing I decided to carry on. This was a mistake that could have proved fatal, he had directed me to the wrong train.

I managed to get off at Mottingham but was deteriorating fast and didn't have the energy to get across the platforms to go back and being a Sunday the station was deserted of staff. Eventually I managed to get there by crawling up and over the stairs finding yet another wait of 20 minutes for the return.

By the time I got back to Lewisham I was uncontrollably shivering, luckily I manage to attract the attention of a Cabbie and was able to back to Blackheath. Still shivering when I got back home and checked my temperature it had dropped nearly 1 degree and I was in the early stages of hypothermia.

After a very quick reheat I started to return to some form of normality and today I am almost recovered apart from the sore legs & joints.

The moral of this story is:
1. Store your dry kit inside another waterproof bag inside your kitbag.
2. If you are feeling unwell, seek assistance before it becomes serious.
3. Don't ever listen to a rail employee, it could cost you your life!!!!!

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