Right from the off City Chris, Man-in-Suit, You’re late for work, Looking very dapper – I’ve never been so cheered on from start to finish. It seemed to attract more attention than others in fancy dress.
And as promised I wore it all the whole way round – never once did I lift my hat, nor slacken my tie. Indeed I found myself just checking my tie was straight after 18 miles!
Loads of photos too – from professionals to people wanting selfies with me. Like this one from the Daily Mail – oh yes celebrity status for a few minutes!!
So what was it like? Well to start with the bowler was a bit tight, gave me a headache and I felt a bit nauseous for quite a few miles. I began to get hot around 8 miles – but the cooler weather really helped and I never got too hot. After half way it all felt fairly comfortable and even normal!!
Chafing was under control thanks to liberal amounts of pre-applied Vaseline, but my skin has flared up a bit since.
And the run –I know this is controversial as lots of people love London – well I’ve always said it’s a great day out, but not a great run. And this last (my 3rd) run round 21 years after my first reminded me of why I don’t like the actual run too much.
The macro organisation is great, the micro not so good. Red start 4 – 4.30 runners found themselves behind blue start 5.15 pacers up to mile 3! And astonishingly behind green start 5.00 pacers until after mile 11. Water was plentiful in the first half – and virtually non-existent in the second half when you wanted it. Only 2 sport drink stops. Contrast Rome with stops as regular as clockwork every 5k, all with choice of water, sport drink, food. Etc
And then there’s the bumping & boring, pushing & shoving – I got elbowed several times, including one which took my watch out!
I notice many of my running friends who love London are faster – and of course you get a much cleaner run.
But it is a unique and great day out – it was fantastic to be cheered by so many. It was brilliant to hit the embankment around 24 miles still feeling good and relaxed in my suit. And I believe I was on TV at the end – although looking at my watch. And it wasn’t about the time – I was trying to stop it, not realising it had suffered an end game elbowing!
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Sitting having a coffee afterwards with Ellan (also running for Brathay – here we are at the start) at 4.00pm I realised I hadn’t sat down since I arrived at Greenwich start at 7.20am. It’s one tiring day the London Marathon.But a great day – lots of money raised. And so many thanks to all of you for sponsoring me.