My 2004 London Marathon

Time: 3:51

It was a magical day...

Good bits - the crowds, the free oranges, giving all the kids high-fives along the way (until someone said be careful they may try to nick your watch), a priest at about mile 3 splashing the runners with holy water, the finish, the medal, expression on my kids faces, seeing the elite runners go through 22 miles when I'd done 13 - gosh those guys can fly - raising £1,800 for MEDICS

Bad bits - Lucozade (used to like it but too much in one session), pulled hamstring at 22.5 miles (had to walk for 2 miles, lost about 10 minutes), huge puddles around docklands making feet wet and socks rub, Orange cock-up with start time (the text message they sent to my wife was 1 hour out so the family managed to completely miss me)

Overall, brilliant. Thoroughly recommend for anyone - will definitely do next year.

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