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Big fat WELL DONE to everyone today. I was reminded after about 20 miles just how BLOODY HARD it is to run a marathon.
I have 2 blisters, one per foot, and my left knee is impossible. God knows how I'll get down the stairs at work tomorrow, but hey - I'm so happyyyyy!
Liz, don't suppose you remember running into a pair who were running for Guide Dogs? Poohbear and I spoke to a lady who was complaining about having blisters on both feet on the Road to Hell.
Amazing stories from everyone. Toby, I can't tell you how pleased I was when I saw your time, simply incredible.
I had an odd day - but it ended really positively. I had a massive struggle between miles 18 and 24. I slowed down a lot from 18 - 21, and then due to my right knee injury giving me a really big shooting pain every step, I simply had to walk for a few miles with only a few brief aborted attempts at running. At that point, I didn't think I could start running again at all.
However, it was like a switch flipped, and then I regained some composure and then realised that if I could do 12ish min miles for the last 2.2 miles, I could still meet my goal of sub 5 hrs for my first marathon. I gritted my teeth, and simply refused to let the course or my knee beat me, so with the huge support of the crowd, I managed to cross the line in 4 hrs 58 mins 11s.
Unlike those who were keen to sign up for next year, I will not be one of those, but I will cheer you all every step of the way.
Hi, congratulations all.
Toby you smashed it! Congratulations. Now you're really going to have to up the ante!
My wheels fell off somewhere around mile 17, and I couldn't regain my pace. Nonetheless I finished in 4:09:29, which is my PB by almost thirty minutes. I'm making some serious progress at last.
Loved seeing the race leaders on the home straight just after I passed halfway. Amazing running!
I'm in the VLM next year, so I have incentive to keep on getting out the door to train for another year.
Well done to you all ....
Amazing running from TOBY 3 ...i know how much that time means to you ...just would of loved to have seen you do your said celebration crossing the line
Well done to poohbear and snow maiden youve both come a long way in a year....
Salisbury Lad well done for keeping going and although you say your not doing it again next year ....my money will be on you doing it again..
Swervin Mervin i bet that beer tasted soooo good
To everyone else well done on all new shiny pbs
Condolences to the family of the runner who died
Anne and me just after the finish of the Brighton Marathon 2013. 7hrs 10 mins to complete 26.2 miles - Anne hit the wall big time at mile 20 and we ended up walking most of the last 6 miles, but Anne being as stubborn as her mother wanted to jog the last 800 metres despite being in a lot of pain - we jogged together and crossed the finish line jogging until we got through the other side and our medals when Anne would have collapsed if the helpers hadnt supported her. Well proud of my daughter!
Great effort Toby, knew you would be well inside the 4 hrs from the mileage you had put in during training.
Well done everyone else.
what was on the medal this year? had the pier the pavilion and band stand .....and was the ribbon blue and green again?
striped ribbon 2 shades of blue white and green on the medal the old pier
Had to shoo away the sweep car twice.
The first time apparently I looked like a beetroot and they wanted to pick me up. I said no so they gave me two pouches of water, one of which went over my head. The second time we were on our way back on the Road to Hell and I tried to shoo them away only for them to ask Poohbear if we needed to be picked up. Thankfully she said no.
shame about the runner that died thoughs with the family
And yes, this means we're running next year. There's no way I wanna settle for a eternal PB of 7:10:39
have to apologize to Picklelilly saw her as i crossed the line and was so pleased with my time need some one to hug hope you didn't mind
jr2408 well done to you on your first marathon
DiogoDog know what you mean missed out last year by 28 seconds your get it next year
Hi everyone, home safe and sound, and very many congrats to everyone who did so well!
I was fine until half way and then really struggled - no idea why -too early to hit 'the wall' but had a complete lack of energy so the end time on my Garmin was 4.08 - well below what I had wanted and what my training times indicated I should be able to do. I did have an upset stomach and needed to loo (enough said), but not sure how much this will have affected the time. Pleased I did it and the crowds were great, and I can have another go a getting under 4.00 some other time. Puts it in perspective when a young lad dies, my son just told me when he picked us up from the airport - at least I can have another go.......
Lovely to meet everyone yesterday as well!!