London Marathon 2012
My first ever experience of running the London Marathon was everything I expected it to be, and a whole lot more.
For me personally the build up to race day was very exciting, and collecting my race number at the London Expo with my family was a special moment.
My training was complete, the miles were in the bank, and I felt ready to take on the challenge of running the 26.2 mile course.
On race day, the atmosphere down to Greenwich from the tube station was quiet but had a sense of anticipation and excitement.
In less than ten mintues after the elite runners began the start line was in sight, and I was off and running……
Arriving at Cutty Sark was impressive, the crowds were unbelieveable……… At 1 hr 45 mins I was crossing Tower Bridge, and on schedule for possibly breaking 3 hrs 30 mins? Unfortunately I found it tough going between 18 & 22 miles, and eventually crossed the finish line in 3 hrs 45 mins!
One of many highlights was seeing my wife and son along the embankment just a mile or so from home.
Having crossed the finish line I felt very proud of my achievements. Meeting up with the Breakthrough Breast Cancer team afterwards with a welcome massage, shower and buffet was a great idea, and a lovely touch by the Breakthrough team. It allowed us all to chat amongst each other and experience the ups and downs that we all went through on our journey to the end.
At the time I thought never again, and now having time to reflect on what a great experience, and occassion the London Marathon is I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for a place in the ballot come 2013.Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.