My VLM 2010: Slimline Chips

This was my second London Marathon and certainly the most unprepared I have ever been for a race. I had deferred the previous year after being successful in the ballot, so knew I had to complete it this year. But towards the end of 2009 I was injured, and I then experienced a car crash in mid-Januarywhich put an end to any idea of serious training.

I decided to accept that I would have to throw a time target out of the window (even leaving the Garmin at home) and complete it using a run-walk method. My longest run before the start of this marathon was 10 miles two weeks before (hardly good preparation).

Come the start, I felt apprehensive but was already getting a buzz from the task that was ahead of me. The first 5 miles went really well and I continued to press on. I recognised a club shirt and chatted with a lady called Roxette for a while who was completing her first marathon. 

I continued waving and thanking people who called my name and was high-fiving spectators along the route, really enjoying the occasion. This made me realise that sometimes running does not always need to be about PBs. In what other sport can you compete in the same race as Olympic and World Champions?

I pressed on and approached Tower Bridge - the noise was amazing. I then met my wife, one-year-old daughter and sister which really spurred me on. I went through halfway in 2:33, 50 minutes slower than my PB. At Mile 18 I was overtaken by Mr Happy, Batman and Evel Knievel but knew I would complete it. I was feeling good. At Mile 22... aahhh, my ITB was finally getting revenge. This is where the crowd really helped. I wanted to stop but was determined to run the last three miles. The support really pulled me through as I neared the finish line. I'm sure I heard the announcer shout Lorraine Kelly's name - I never did like GMTV.

What an amazing day, I did it! I even walked down the steps at Charing Cross tube. Well done everyone and thank you London.