Marathon day finally arrives!
The day started early and we met at Hornchurch station 6;50 am, a coach buzzing with excitement and nervous energy...in no time at all we pulled onto Blackheath.
Starting at the blue start I managed to find shade. In a flash I was putting my kit bag on the baggage buses and lining up in my allocated place with the other 40,000 runners for a 10 am start.
I love the start, the anticipation, the atmosphere and this year did not disappoint...I soon got into my stride, my pace was spot on for what I wanted (sub 4 hours)....I felt this was well in my grasp as training indicated this.
10 miles passed by and although I was hot I managed to take enough water on board....I kept my pace steady waved to the family @ 19 miles and my running club at 19.5 miles and then the heat got me.
I knew I was slowing, everyone around me felt it too....I decided to lower the bar and relax but still aim for sub 4, there was no way I would stop.
Two things happened on the run I must mention...
1) A young lady tapped me on the back saying "go Saint Francis, my mum was in there last year." I felt so emotional...was that sweat or a tear?
Sue on the run
2) Seeing the Hospice banner and the line of smiling faces at mile 23...you were amazing, thank you to all of you for the support, love and constant encouragement...was that a tear? Yes it was.
The next 3 miles were tough, I turned for home at Buckingham palace and FINISHED...3 hours 57 minutes 11 seconds...job done!
Thank you for reading my Blogs, thank you to those who donated on my just giving page, thank you Saint Francis for everything you do for patients, families, friends, people...
P.S..The atmosphere over Tower Bridge made me cry too!
Sue with her well-earned medal!
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