After 6 months, 700 miles and 82,000 KCals of training it’s back to a more normal life after finally completing the 2015 London Marathon on Sunday 26th April.
2015 was the 35th anniversary of the race and the biggest field to date with around 38,000 runners. Race day was chilly and damp after some hot weather in the previous two weeks, so good for running and thankfully the rain held off for a prompt 10.10am gun from Green Start. Traffic was pretty heavy for the first five miles with thousands of runners negotiating the merge at mile 3 and going round the bend (literally) at Cutty Sark, before getting into some better rhythm towards Rotherhithe and Tower Bridge.
Halfway point at 1h 33′ was on target and fantastic support from thousands of spectators for the next few miles. Isle of Dogs had good moments running through the tunnel with the video monitors and loud bass, incredible noise and crowds at Canary Wharf and a tasty upwards climb around Westferry.
I’d split the race into four 10k segments so was glad to get to mile 20 in the knowledge that the howewards stretch is now a 10k run. The support at London has to be experienced to be believed and every runner will tell you just how much this makes a difference in the latter stages of a race.
At Embankment, it’s traditionally the longest 2 miles you will ever run with the plane trees, noise and crowds tending to blur. At 24 miles you’re running on empty and this is where the endurance training and the long winter runs kick in – or not!
At the Mall the finish line is the only objective and you’re ready to come home. Although I was just outside my target time, I got a new PB, a drink, some food – and a London medal, so very privileged. Massive thanks to Heather, family and my physio Norman Rathbone for putting up with me during training!