Yes, I did it. In 5:38:36 mins. The weather was superb, beautiful sunshine, lots of lovely Londoners lining the route encouraging us all. Ran past Katie Price and Peter Andre somewhere in Deptford. Met a couple in bridal gear in Commercial Street E14 who told me they were going to get married at mile 24. All kinds of weird and wonderful runners, including two rhinos, Tigger, Buzz Lightyear, a Pink Lady apple, some policeman and a criminal. Slightly miffed that I was overtaken by a two-humped camel at the end, but my left leg seized, so I had to walk the last four miles.
The atmosphere was fantastic. Just goes to show that people can be nice to each other and that we don’t have to focus on base materialism and consumerism all the time.
A huge thank you to my running partners over the past few months: Brer Andy and querida Mia, James, Anne-Marie (Soerensen) and last, but not least Hannah Miller who encouraged me to run through the pain to cross the finishing line. Please visit her fundraising page by clicking her name.
And here’s me and Stephen in Kensington Gardens on the way home to a fabulous party, deliciously catered by Chef Saskia.
Went down to the London Marathon Expo in docklands yesterday afternoon to get my race number. Got quite a buzz, as I realised that this is really it!
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A good solid 6 miles @ 5.5 mph around the Heath with Andy and Mia this morning. Ian and Anne and Zoe were over from Paris; Ian joined us for the first few miles, which was very encouraging as he has only recently recovered from a major hip injury. Beautiful weather, lovely fresh spring in the trees; magnolias blossoming and a sycamore with young reddish leaves back lit by the sun. Perhaps one more run midweek before the big day next Sunday! Delicious bean soup and assorted cheese then rhubarb and ice cream for lunch. Planning my post marathon supper party.
Quick jog around Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park last evening. Only another couple of runs before the Big Day!
Had a fun Justgiving Marathon evening at RIBA last Tuesday. Have a look at the pix here:
Glorious run along the beach at Hattainville then a quick dip in the cool Spring sea last Sunday. Deborah went for a walk.
Then tea and Easter egg at Jerome’s afterwards.
3.7 miles @ 6.4 mph round Hyde Park last night. Great quick run, no left knee pain. Felt great!
Saturday midday I ran two commemorative laps around the Parc du Cinquantainaire and then packed up and left the apartment on Avenue des Nerviens that I sold to friends on Friday. The end of an era. Fin de ma deuxième période bruxelloise. The park was lovely with lots of blossom and bulbs and the promis of Spring in the air.
Went to the Vendome cinema in Matongé in the afternoon to see Katanga Business about the copper belt in the Congo. Big Belgian story, very interesting, if not very well edited and a bit long.
And today, Anne-Marie and I ran 8 miles in the Forêt de Soignies. Bumped into Claudine from the European Economic and Social Committee. Left leg ache, but Anne-Marie told me that in my marathon taper I should expect all kinds of psychosomatic aches and pains. She has run nine marathons in the last 20 years, including London, Brussels et le marathon du Médoc, so she knows what she’s talking about. Crisp, sunny weather, perfect for running.
Quick trot around Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park last evening. Practised some Chi running techniques I’ve learned in Danny Dreyer’s book. The link to his website is on my blog roll.
Powered effortlessly and enjoyably around the park and overtook a few people. Felt great!