Well, I did it ! I completed the Brighton Marathon in 5:10 🙂 if I hadn’t stopped for the loo 4 times on the way round my time would have been 4:50 (I’ll post the Garmin data later) but a mix of nerves and drinking too much early on meant I really needed to stop !
I have to say I loved every minute of it, I think I was smiling like a Cheshire cat for most of the way, right up until the last few hundred yards when I realised I was actually about to complete my first marathon and I burst in to tears and crossed the finishing line with tears running down my face.
My knee started hurting at about mile 18 but somehow it didn’t matter, it was hard work at times to keep going but the crowds shouting my name made such a difference, it was as though they had all come out to support me 🙂 putting my name on my shirt really did help !
Anyway, this is a photo of my medal 🙂 I will post more details of the race and more photos later…
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