Brighton Marathon 2013

A medal well worth the 26. 2 miles
Well it was the moment I'd been in training for months for and at the end of the day it didn't disappoint. Last Sunday the 14th of April I completed my first Marathon in 4:19:56 :-)

What to say about the day, aside from it was an emotional, exhausting, but ultimately amazing experience! I thing the first thing to say is that the support on the day was amazing from the Alzheimer's Society that I was running for to the thousands of individuals lining the route shouting my name the encouragement was fantastic and it certainly helped towards the end of the race.

As to the run itself I made two schoolboy errors, the first was to not apply any suntan lotion, which meant that at the end of the day I looked very much like a boiled lobster. I also felt quite dizzy at the end, but 10 minutes in the shade sorted me out. I was quite fortunate in this respect as several runners collapsed both on the course and after they finished. There was also the tragic news that a 26 year old runner  suffered a cardiac arrest on the course and died later in hospital. My other schoolboy error was to not check my equipment properly. So despite my sports belt fitting properly when I was walking around with it, when I went to run it immediately fell off. Instead of stopping and adjusting it so that it did fit properly I decided to sling it around my neck and spend the next 26.2 miles looking like I was carrying a bandolier!

Once I'd got over the fact I was going to be carrying my sports belt for 26.2 miles I managed to focus on the course itself and to be honest ran a pretty good first 13.2 miles. The first 10k was completed in 55:35 and I reached halfway (13.2 miles) in 1:57:17. I was quite pleased with this and felt although I wasn't aiming to run sub 4 hours, that this was just about on sub 4 hour pace. My target was to run 4:£0 and I was pretty much on this pace the entire way round. Then unfortunately I had a few bad miles especially 15-17 where I noticed a lot of people were passing me. I think this probably conincided with the temperature rising substantially. As it was I reached 30km (18.6 miles) in approximately 3 hours. Then followed a rather tortuous 1:20 where I made my round the desolation that is the Shoreham Power station before looping back, past the fantastic Alzheimer's supporters on to the sea front and finally Madeira Drive and the very emotional finish!

Overall a fantastic day, amazing atmosphere and support from the crowds, a great medal and winners top and a feeling of euphoria having completed the 26.2 miles! Would I do again...absolutely.