London Marathon - 26/04/15
(A SPECIAL DAY FOR ME) 35TH ANNIVERSARY.
Report by Trish Speedie
After 14 weeks of hard training the journey down to London began on the morning of
Friday 24th April by train to Kings Cross. The journey went very fast as I got talking
to some other runners - no surprise there!
On arrival at Kings Cross, after planning a route/buying tickets and asking other
commuters for directions I arrived at the hotel, got settled in then made my way to the
Excel - trains, tubes, people, hustle and bustle, that's London for you.
The Excel was buzzing with opportunites to purchase anything from trainers,
garmins, sports nutrition products, official merchandise to simply getting advice or
having a massage, great atmosphere but I'm glad I decided to do this on the Friday
and not the Saturday.I collected my number from 2 ladies at the desk, I told them why Sunday was so
important to me, obviously they knew it was the 35th Anniversary of the London
Marathon but were not to know that 35 years on that day my dad passed away, they
were both very emotional and wished me good luck saying the day was meant for me.
A couple of hours walk around was enough (I needed to save the already tired
legs) but I did get some great memorable photos while I was there.
Saturday involved eating/drinking well, resting, chatting to people and generally
watching the world go by (a nice sit in the park with the pidgeons too). None of this
walking around and sight seeing was on my agenda!
Sunday morning was here and I felt tired, nervous and excited, not a lot of sleep was
had the night before – why was I nervous, I've done a marathon before? Well, it
happens to all of us, no matter how many times.
After breakfast the journey began and I was on my way to Blackheath, trains/tubes
were full of other runners all in the same nervous situation. Everyone chatting and
telling their stories, all good fun.
On arrival at the start the weather was cold and drizzling with light rain but this I
thought was better than full blown sunshine so I got myself organised and handed my
bag in and before I knew it I was in pen 5, I couldn't believe how many people were
there, nothing like my last marathon.
A little after 10:10am and we were on our way, I really didn't know what to expect,
can I run 26.2 miles again? I'm not stopping, I will not walk, I must not set off too
fast – the last being the most important of all!
The first 5k was completed and runners from both start lines merged together, it
became busy and very difficult to stay evenly paced but I kept focused, the streets
were packed with crowds, people shouting and cheering.
Many landmarks were passed, the first I remember was Tower Bridge at around the
half way mark, brilliant and full of atmosphere, the Cutty Sark (believe it or not) I
didn't or can't remember seeing it, how I missed that is beyond me, far too engrossed
in the atmosphere. Perhaps I should return for another go!
I remember seeing runners who had completed the said circuit of the Isle of Dogs
coming the other way along the same road, I always enjoy seeing this in a race.
As I was approaching the last few miles everything was getting louder and louder,
some runners had mentioned this to me in the past, you either love it or it becomes
too much, I for one enjoyed it. It gave me something more, especially when I found it
a little tough with a bit of knee pain, I pushed on and talked to myself, crazy I know,
but Dad was looking over me.
Compared to Chester Marathon where around mile 22, I didn't feel like I'd hit any
wall or feel tired, there was no saying (just a parkrun to go)! I remember thinking
some of the mile markers must be out or could it have been loss of Garmin signal
around buildings, trees and through tunnels? I asked a man next to me if we had
passed the 24 mile marker, thankfully he said "oh yes, ages ago".
As I approached the 800m marker I thought to myself, 2 laps of the track, checking
my watch and doing calculations in my head, the next marker was the 600m, I pushed
on with 200 yards to go where I turned right outside the front of Buckingham Palace,
(more cheering, more people, more name shouting) and up the Mall towards
Trafalgar Square. The finish was ahead and before I knew it the London Marathon
2015 was completed with a PB of 3:47:09. I was happy, emotional and proud, thank you New
Marske Harriers and well done to everyone who ran!
It was a day of PB’s for other New Marske Harriers with Martin Murray home in 2:45:57, Paul Cleasby 2:57:14 and Kay Neesam 3:01:54.
Running their first marathons were Charlotte Stonehouse 4:00:41 and Thomas Bunn 4:17:32. There were also great runs from David Hodgson 3:15:47 and Alan Robson 4:24:46.
As well as the 38,000+ runner competing in the London Marathon, the race also hosts the Mini London Marathon, the Official British Athletics three-mile road race championships for young athletes aged between 11 and 17. Previous winners of this race include Mo Farah and David Weir and following in their footsteps this year representing the North East were New Marske Harriers Rebecca Tilley, Eli Barnbrook, Daniel Gunn and Sam Garratt. Rebecca finished 20th in her age category, Eli 63rd, Daniel 43rd and Sam 64th. A good experience was had by all.