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The boy Smull should be on the home stretch in the next ten minutes or so. Wizened veteran that he is, he'll run down the middle of the Mall, better photo opportunity.😁


We want a full race report within the next 24 hours, once you've done talking to Gabby Logan, Paula Radcliffe, etc.
 

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Cheers All! That’ll be number 7 in the bag then.
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Thanks guys. Today stairs are the enemy.
 

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So yes, London Marathon number 7 is in the bag (made up of 6 actually in London and 1 ran virtually).

But wow, what an emotional rollercoaster of a weekend! A trapped nerve (I think?) saw me barely able to walk on the Saturday after a week of back problems and I didn’t see how I could even make the start line, let alone the finish?! I was this close to ringing the charity and pulling out. I was so downhearted.

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Thankfully the problem eased overnight and I headed to Greenwich (with a planned 49,999 others) to set out to do a London Marathon that has been 24 months in the making…..because Covid.

The result? One of my favourite marathons ever and around £2k raised for Muscular Dystrophy U.K’s Team Orange. An honour and a privilege to have played a small part in it. After Saturday’s problems I was exceptionally nervous and doubtful with jelly legs until 8 miles, long after I’ve normally settled down. The thought of seeing my family at 12 miles kept me going and gave me the boost I needed though. A boost that would keep me jogging consistently (but slowly) to 21.5 miles. From then on it was self preservation and a run/walk strategy before the glory of The Embankment, Birdcage Walk and The Mall.

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I finished in front of Liz’s gaff within my 6.5 hour target time at 6 hours, 20 minutes AND the all important 11 seconds. Not bad for a fat bloke sliding ever faster towards fifty years old eh?

Thank you all so much for your support. If you haven’t donated (and would like to), you still can here:


And finally; a pic of me, my cousin (bagging her 18th consecutive LM medal!) and my mate Ian who got me into this mess by applying on the sly and badgering me to join him!

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Of course, it goes without saying that this will definitely be my last London Marathon,…certainly until 2022.

Over and out.
Andy

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The write ups are a bit dull when it goes smoothly. Where's the pain? The suffering? The will he, won't he, edge of the seat drama?











Well done Andy.😎
 

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The write ups are a bit dull when it goes smoothly. Where's the pain? The suffering? The will he, won't he, edge of the seat drama?
A Marathon Summary For Sol

Saturday:


Injured with a side order of blind panic.

Sunday (Race Day):

7am: Nervous shits and dry wretching. Nipple Vaseline.

8am: I f*cking hate porridge.

9am: F*ck, I’m going to have to go.

10am: F*ck. I’m here.

11am: F*ck. I’m starting.

12pm: F*ck. What’s that pain?

1pm: F*ck. What’s that pain with side order of Cutty Sark.

2pm: Family at pub. Would anyone notice if I stayed with them to drink Pimm’s?

3pm: Canary Wharf. Every mile feels like ten. Mildly amusing sign reads, ‘Pain is just French for bread’.

4pm: Walking with lashings of pain and light garnish of hope.

5pm: Finish line tears and medal.

6pm - 11pm: Drunk.
 
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