Dublin Marathon, Mile 3

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The 2013 London Marathon!

So... I ran The London Marathon!!  Still feels like a bit of a daze. Go back, say, 5 years ago and I never thought that I would be watching the race on TV, never mind participating in the best marathon in the world...

And thats what it is in my humble opinion. I have only ran two marathons and the first one (Dublin 2012) was more than special. But the London race was epic. Maybe it was more special than usual because of the Boston bombings, or maybe its always like that, but the supporters were just awesome.

I wasnt. Awesome, that is. In No Way Whatsoever! I ran a good first half but it all went Pete Tong in the second half. My legs turned to lead and i wasnt sure if i was going to finish at all. In the end i made a pact with myself that for every 800 meters i ran, i would give myself a 200 meter walk. This put my goal time out to pasture but at least i got over the line!

Picture at Mile 25 on the way up to Big Ben

My finished time was 4 hours and 56 minutes, 17 minutes slower than Dublin. I was a little disappointed at my time, but if i am really honest, I done think i prepared as well for this race as I did for the Dublin race. 
In the weeks leading up to London, I skimped on some sessions, was ill, had a back back and went on a Stag party! Not the best lead into a 26.2 mile race, and to be honest I kind of thought that as I had done one marathon, i could do another, no worries. How wrong I was!

Ah well, not to worry. It was a great day and I managed to raise over 4000 pounds for my charity which was awesome.

Next stop is The Mannheim Marathon on June 8, seven weeks to go!


  1. Congrats for sticking with it and finishing...so glad you had a great day and raise some money for charity! Blessings

  2. I can't believe Sleepy Dave is now running marathons - not even as a one off. Huge congrats and well done for raising so much money. Just landed a job, so next time I'll sponsor you. All the best

  3. Well done mate, and good to see you again in London. Great fundraising performance too!
    I've just signed up for Dublin 2013.