Sunday saw 35,000 runners take to the famous marathon route in London, supported by over 700,000 spectators along the course.
You’ve just finished the London Marathon 2013, congratulations! How do you feel?
I feel great! Unfortunately I didn’t complete it in my target time of sub 4hrs but as it was my first marathon I’m not too bothered. Overall, I really enjoyed it and am looking to sign up for next year’s race already in a hope to beat my result of 4hrs 32mins!…
Did the race go smoothly for you?
I felt comfortable up until mile 21 and then it all just went downhill! My legs started cramping up at mile 23 and I just had nothing more in the tank… I thought I was going to pass out at one point too, although I’m putting that down to an sugar rush after overindulging in jelly babies that I just couldn’t turn down from spectators…! The crowds were great though and really helped you get round.
Did you see any crazy fancy dress costumes?
There were a few fancy dress costumes that stood out on the day. Unfortunately, I got put in starting pen nine of 9 (right at the back of the 37,000) so was with the runners aiming for times ranging from 5hr 45 right through to the last ones across the line at 8hrs. Although this hampered my running efforts up until mile 14, I was with a lot of runners in fancy dress – Peppa Pig, A huge fire extinguisher and 6 or 7 people dressed as rhinos (the costume itself looked like it weighed a ton!).
Have you run a marathon before?
No – London was my first experience. I was watching the 2012 event on television and thought it was a good challenge to set myself. At that time, a member of immediate family had just been diagnosed with breast cancer too, so it seemed a fitting way to show my support.
When did you get into running?
I’ve always been physically active and relatively into running, more so at a younger age. In primary school in events such as cross country and I spent a few years representing Milton Keynes athletics club. Since my younger years I kept fit by playing football.
Lots of people find it difficult to fit exercise into their busy routines. How did you fit in all your training?
Simple answer – it’s hard! I suppose it helped having age on my side too. My social life has paid the price though, that’s for sure!
What advice do you have for someone who would like to run a marathon?
Do it! There’s tons of advice online for people of all abilities in terms of training etc. Also, join a running club to meet like-minded people. But most importantly – believe in yourself.
Congratulations to all those who took part – an amazing and admirable achievement.