Monday, 7 May 2012

London Marathon (24/1000)

(#493 in the book) 

I'm quite surprised that this isn't in the book. Well, I've looked in the Index and haven't found anything about the Marathon in it, but there are often obscure references in it so I may well find it in there somewhere!

** Stop Press!! I found this in the book - knew it'd have to be! (01/06/2012) **

The London Marathon this year was on Sunday, 22nd April. I went to the Isle of Dogs as one of my sister's friends lives there and it's also where I work. I got there at 10.30am (was meant to meet my sister at the same time, but she didn't get there till 12pm) but glad I did as I managed to get there just in time to see the leading pack of the women's elite...

No long after the elite women went through, the leaders of the wheelchair's went past next...

And then the leading pack of the elite men...

So although I was there before everyone I was meant to meet, it was worth it as I got to see all the leading packs of the women's race, wheelchair race and men's race.

Eventually met my sister and we decided to walk further down a little to get a better space and we ended up at the Mile 17 marker.

And opposite these...

Every time the breeze changed direction we got a bit of spray... nice. It was cold too. We heard a lot of the runners screeching at the temperature as they went through to cool down.

Now the professional runners had gone through, it was time for the "fun runners" - my favourite part of the marathon. My niece Kiera had sweets she was holding out for the runners to help their energy etc... but I think she may have eaten more than she handed out.

I took lots of pics (as I always do) but here are some of the best ones.

TIGGER!!! The first of about 4 I think
World Record attempt for this Pantomime Horse
This dude I'd watched on the BBC before I left home and morris danced the way round
This woman hula-hooped her way round 
Sadly the only "Celebrity" I saw was Arg from TOWIE. And that was only because he had a name plaque! 
A runner playing the guitar
A barefoot runner
Now the bunch of runners in the next batch of photo's made me laugh lots. We had Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral and the Gherkin. They happened to stop next to us as Big Ben needed to take a piddle. So he ran up the grass bank behind us and did his business. While he was emptying out "little Ben" a little girl - no more than 5 or 6 - walked past, stopped when she saw him and then shouted out to her parents "BIG BEN IS HAVING A WEE!!!!!". I laughed lots and lots. The second to last pic show's that they took it all in good spirits.

A massive massive congratulations to everyone who took part in the marathon. I think you are all amazing for doing this, but you are also all completely mental!! I got emotional quite a few times watching everyone going past, including some blind runners and I take my imaginary hat off to you all. I clapped and whooped for practically all of the 4 and a bit hours I was there, was completely exhausted by the end. 

And of course my heart goes out to that poor girl who died just a mile from the finish. RIP Claire Squires.

The date for next years London Marathon is 21st April (check out the official website here) and I hope to be watching my sister and best friend @londonfox taking part as they have both entered the ballot. Keep everything crossed for them please!!! And if they fail to make it, I really hope to volunteer somehow along the course. 

If you can next year, please come down and support all the runners doing this mental 26.2 mile run. It's a good day out - weather permitting - and every single runner deserves your support.

Hope to see you all next year!!

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