My 2004 London Marathon

Time: 3:27

The best moment was simply meeting up with my wife and 2 year old daughter in the repatriation area after the finish. I was quite emotional immediately after the finish but had got myself together again nicely until they appeared !

I can honestly say that there wasn't a worst moment as it was my first Marathon (London or otherwise) and it all went to plan. I had dreams of running sub 3:15 but only had two proper half marathons to base it on as only started running seriously last July '03.

I particularly enjoyed reaching Tower Bridge as it was the first notable landmark that I was expecting to see. The crowds were amazing and I won't forget that bit.

As I mentioned above I dreamt of 3:15 but was possibly being a touch unrealistic ! I put 3:30 on my application form so to come in at 3:27:50 in my first-ever marathon was awesome and to coin a phrase "I love it when a plan comes together!"

I will add some speedwork to my training in future as did none this time. I will stretch religiously in future as rather naively didn't bother between July '03 and January '04 then injured feet / knees which seriously impeded training and still hasn't cleared up properly !! Silly me !

I feel I got the time I wanted because having decided to run London I set out my stall and followed the schedules and never lost sight of my goal. I had the support of my family and the knowledge that my charity was relying on me so they benefited as well ( I have raised around £2000).

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