Sunday 26th April saw the very best of London as over 37,000 runners took to the street to pound out the gruelling 26.2 miles of the Virgin London Marathon, taking in the icon landmarks of Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Greenwich observatory and experiencing an atmosphere that saw strangers become friends, it’s easy to see why London is considered a leader on the world marathon stage.
After six months of training, the day itself was one full of emotion, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the event, the streets of London were full of enthusiastic supporters, world class athletes (including Paula Radcliffe who made her come back by taking part for the final time in the race with the ‘mass entrants’) and a welcome portion of hilarious fancy dress (a 7ft tall welsh man dressed as Pamela Anderson in her Baywatch days certainly helped take my mind off the 17miles left to run when I trotted past!).
Although the miles may have hurt at times, the event, preparation and celebratory drinks that followed more than made up for the final few miles of physical and mental exhaustion. Raising over £2500 for charity culminated in what was a truly memorable experience and one I can’t wait to take part in again! A huge congratulations goes out to all those that ran and a massive thanks to the organisers, volunteers that helped make the day.
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