Friday, 1 May 2009

The Flora London Marathon 2009: We did it!

Hello from 2 marathon runners!!

24 weeks of training paid off on Sunday, as Trevor and I took part in the London Marathon... and succeeded! It was a privilege to be amongst 36,000 runners on a beautiful warm, sunny day in the heart of London. Approximately 1,000,000 spectators lined up along the 26 mile course, cheering the runners and encouraging the weary ones to keep going.
We had hoped to complete it in well under 5 hours and kept a steady pace for the first 20 miles. However, we slowed down considerably and had to walk for a while until picking up speed again towards the end. It took 5 hours 31 minutes to step over that wonderful finish line.
It was a magnificent and memorable day - and NO INJURIES!!

Thanks so much to all who donated to Carers UK. By the time we have collected in pledged sponsorship, we should have raised around £2,500. If there is anyone who has not sponsored us, and would like to help us get closer to our £3,000 target, please click here to go our online fund-raising page. The page is open for donations until 26th July 2009.

Here are 5 photos of us taken just before the start. I've ordered one taken as we approached the finish line - available next week.

Here I am, about half an hour before the start. My sleeves look a bit odd in this pic!! I took precautions to protect a sensitive calf muscle but fortunately it behaved itself

Trevor, always smiling!

More and more runners arrive to hand over their numbered kit bags, before making their way over the start 'pens'

Mr Rubik's Cube
This photo, and many more showing the creative costumes of some of the runners are available at the Runners World site.


Steve said...

Very well done - a wonderful achievement! Hope you're going to spend the Bank Holiday weekend resting!

Annie said...

Thanks Steve! Yes, we've got post-marathon fatigue this weekend, so lots of rest. Hope you're having a good time with the kids.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

You better start training for the New York marathon next !!!

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I think if I had to run a bath I'd be knackered ! :)