My 2005 London Marathon

Time: 5:30ish

From the initial gathering in the pub on Blackheath with Donna and JJ, with whom I had trained over the winter months, to the very end, it was one big party, doing 'high fives' with the younger spectators, and stopping frequently to see friends and family at various stage posts.

Running with forum pal Rach, who suffered from severe stomach cramps and required a number of pits stops, meant I saw a different side of FLM – the inside of a number of pubs en route.

Great support was received from another forum pal Tiger, who popped up several times throughout, and then the 10 magnificent forum support teams at mile 17 who looked after all the runners, not just their own, and my own support team seven - you were all truly superb, and gave us a huge lift at a difficult part of the course.

Thanks to forumite photographer Rich K, and Daniel and Sean from RW, all working hard to bring us memories of the best running day out of the year.

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