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In 2002 i ruptured my ACL and MCL playing football and was told i would not be having an op on the NHS and could never play again (along with many other things!)... After doing some freeride / downhill MTB'ing for a couple of years, I starting to swim again in August 07 and thought, i cycle, i swim...all i need to do is run a about earning a little money for charity and sign up for the London Oly! I went on to enjoy my first season in tri so much I have done a 2nd, gone sub 2:30 for an Olympic distance got round an ironman and am still going!
When not training I can be seen at the Boleyn Ground being a long suffering season ticket holder at the 1966 World cup winners West Ham Rolling Eyes
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Virgin Money London Marathon - 13th Apr 2014
Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:22 am hammerer
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Itís funny how the London Marathon gets to you. For some reason its just such a a special event, maybe because of the crowds, maybe because of the iconic status of it, or maybe because I watched it on television as a kid and always said one day Iíll do that. My second was special for more reasons than the first. The first time was a major achievement, shutting up that doctor, overcoming an injury and only 4 weeks of training to struggle round in agony and to cross that line close to tears. There was then the thinking about how bad it was and that I needed to turn up and do the event the justice it deserved. Well I got close, and ran well. Maybe this time I didnít quite hit the standards Id set pre race, but I cant complain as I ran to the best of my ability for the level I had trained to. Yes I could do better, but I have so much more to my life, that running the miles required to hit certain targets may never happen. I turn up do what I can and hopefully go home happy! I certainly did that

The morning came and I was very nervous, unusual for me. I ate porridge but also a nice batch of chia. I got to Blackheath in heaps of time, and just laid back and watched the various races start on the big screen. Casually I walked to pen 4 for my start and before i knew it 10 o clock hit and off we went. Pen 4 on the heath is a great place to start, busy but through in 3 minutes and my first problem hit. My tri top pockets must have loosened over time so my gel flask wouldnít sit tight in there. I took it out and thought, OK hold it, no problem as its only small. Then with that I lost my 3 caffeine gels. Some bloke next to me found it hilarious, ď3 down not many leftĒ he joked, but I just smiled and thought, no problem as i have 5 in the flask and I can always grab one or two at 14 or 22 miles at the two Lucozade gel stops if required. As i got a few hundred meters along I see my wife and son and gave them a hug and went on. Nice start I thought as last time I missed them! First 3 miles down to Woolwich was pretty uneventful. Nice start as I went through 5 k in 27:27, bang on time. The next drag up to Greenwich also was uneventful, although seeing a club mate cheering me on was nice. 10k in 56:03....a 5k split of 28:36, including a pee stop. OK I thought, more than happy and feeling pretty good. Greenwich was mental, I almost turned back to run through it again, and with loads of club mates out cheering including from the Galleon window up above the one way system, made me think of those people who I was representing having been lucky enough to get the club spot.

The drag up to Surrey Quays was fine, and I was still feeling great, before turning off at Rotherhithe to take in the worst part of the course. This was obviously an afterthought to make up distance, and although there was some crowd it was quieter than everywhere else. At around 10miles I bumped into T_C who I knew was recovering from a broken hip and cycled from Lincoln to the start the day before. He was struggling, unusual for him, and I stopped and chatted a bit to him, slowing me down, but its a social occasion in the mid pack of the London Marathon. If you canít chat to people, or want a time, donít run London.
At 11 miles you join Jamaica road at the Rotherhithe roundabout and I was well on course for my sub 4, feeling strong and enjoying every minute. I also noted I had hardly eaten a thing and didnít need to. Was that the Chia Iíve heard about! Approaching Tower Bridge gets quite emotional as you can hear a noise thatís deafening. As you turn right on to the bridge the sight that awaits you is one of the best in sport. People standing and hanging from just about every part of the bridge itís safe to do so, and the noise is something else. It really is a special moment and something that you have to savour.

Turning onto the highway it was empty on the other side. A good sign as it means I am on course still and I went through halfway in 1:59:12...a half time only 3 years ago seemed an unreachable goal, now itís just an easy part of a marathon!
From experience this is where the race gets tough but I continued, feeling OK. At around 15 miles you turn right into an underpass, and the drumming from the band was brilliant. The beat was perfect to run to and as I exited was sad to leave them behind. Now I began to think though. It was around here that it all fell apart the last time I ran London, and I had some dark moments. I literally cant remember half of the Docklands course so was mindful that although I was feeling great now, things could change in an instant. It didnít. I kept going and I felt good. I was actualyl enjoying it. Could I really make sub 4? Will I keep running until the end? At around 17miles approaching the docklands towers section, I was taking in the sights I could barely remember and making the most of it. My quads started to scream around here but a little bit of pain wasnít going to stop me, I still felt great! Unfortunately I had lost touch with the 3:56 pacer around a tight, narrow section of the course just before 17miles and I couldnít make the gap, so did kind of settle back down and think, so what if i miss the time, this is great!

The Docklands was amazing, I loved it here and this time I can remember it, no dark moments, no lost energy no trouble keeping myself from dropping. I just kept moving forward. I exited the Docklands happy and went through 30km in 2:51:36, still on course for my sub 4 but I slowed after this. I didnít feel bad and didnít intentionally go slower. I actually only noticed after looking at the results the next day where lost the time. I was getting rather warm at this stage though and consciously took on extra water at around 22miles so this is probably what went wrong. Just to add to the fact I still hadnít finished my gel flask, only 5 gels but was full of energy suggests it had to be fluid.
Anyway dropping past Tower Bridge on to the embankment and 23 miles I was starting to fill a bit tired, finished my gels and had a lucozade one Id picked up earlier, had some more water, quite a bit actually and then got chatting to a guy with an IMUK cap on, Phil. The last 3 miles flew by chatting triathlon and plodding along. It did keep me focussed on what could have been a tough part of the race. Turning into the home straight and seeing 800m to go was a highlight, 2 laps of the track, but it does seem to drag. Past the Palace and now heading for home I was happy to cross the line in 4:09:11, a massive p.b. but a little short of my 3:56 (9min / mile) target. To be honest I didnít feel any kind of negative reaction. I was really pleased with my performance as I had run the whole way, feeling great. Not one real bad patch and a time many would be pleased with. OK I didnít go sub 4, but who cares. I had a far better day than my last London and feel I laid to rest the ghost of that difficult day in April 2011. Roll on my next London. I would do this race every year if I could. I suppose I need a 3:09 rather than a 4:09 to make that a reality Wink

Place (M/W) 10628
Place (AC) 5455
Place (overall) 13884 Ė 37%
Finish time 04:09:11

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Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:32 am KP nut
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Well done! Sounds like you had a great time out there which is the most important thing!
"It always seems impossible, until it's done" (Nelson Mandela)

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Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:36 pm sooooooooz
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Nice report...well done.
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