Three and a half minutes faster than the time I recorded in my first marathon - London 2012.
05:37:29 in London in 2017.
05:40:55 in London in 2012.
05:42:10 in Edinburgh in 2014.
Yes, it would have been marvellous if I could have maintained continuous running beyond the half marathon point - rather than switch to speed walking and running. I had after all run continuously for at least 17 miles in training. But when from 8 miles you are increasingly surrounded by walking runners, it becomes harder and harder to resist the switch. And my second half marathon was not much slower than my first - just under 3 hours compared with 2 hours 38 minutes. My dad used to take me walking when I was knee high to a grasshopper and I learned to be a fast walker from that very young age in order to keep up. I once had to kick my dad's ankles hard when he had over-walked me. Sometimes you can't just find the words!
|Joy in the Meet and Greet to the south-west of Admiralty Arch|
I remember posting after the Oxford half marathon in October last year and remarking on how inspiring it is to experience a city being closed down and refocused on one sporting event in the name of charity and community. It was extraordinary in Oxford - imagine how awesome it is when the city in which you find yourself is one of the greatest capitals on our planet.
London - April 23, 2017 - what a privilege to be in that place at that time. And to be one of the