Spencer's Marathon Day - Part 2
As I approached Limehouse Railway Station the crowd was fantastic, plenty of spectators were handing out sweets, beer and all sorts (no I didn't take a beer).
At this stage I was on the highway and I looked across and runners were still streaming through on the other side of the road running towards where I had just come from and that was a nice feeling as I had done the same thinking I wish I was heading back into the city (so if you run next year don't look over).
Thanks for Joanne Day for taking the snap below on the highway.
As I come up to Tower Hill I knew I would see the Saint Francis Hospice support crew and as I turned the corner I headed straight over to collect some sweets etc. At this stage I was very emotional as I knew I was raising money for the charity and I looked up into the sky hoping that mum and dad would push me the final few miles.
Mile 23 water station arrived and I knew that a few friends were looking after that station (I can see why they do mile 23, it's right outside the fire station Helen!!!!) so I saw Lisa Thake and gave her a big cuddle got some water and continued to run.
This was the home stretch as I approached the tunnel on Lower Thames Street I decided to crack open a jel and walk through the tunnel (bad mistake it smells) as I came up the other side the noise and crowd was amazing which really pushed me along but I felt pretty strong also and as I approached the walkabout, my friends Chris and Dave screamed our "Spenno" so that gave me more of a boost. (It's also the best idea to get your name on your shirt too)
At this stage I saw Jessica another runner from Saint Francis Hospice who was walking so I tried to get her to run with me which she did but she did say her knee was hurting but we stayed running together for a little while before she told me to carry on.
I was very very close to the end and the noise from the crowd was just amazing and I can't describe how good the feeling was and how emotional it was also. I could also see Alan another runner from Saint Francis Hospice we had about 800 yards to go so that was so good to run together to the finishing line.