This weekend the Virgin London Marathon will mean that roads will be blocked and crowds will be cheering for strangers. Tens of thousands of runners will be pushing through mental barriers and the 26.2 mile route of city asphalt. Having (kind of) trained and then having (kind of) ran my first half marathon a few weeks ago, my experience and understanding of the commitment an individual has to go through in order to turn up at the start line has been a valuable lesson. My respect for these people has increased dramatically - I’m not in the position where I would even contemplate running a whole marathon. But I’ll never say never.
I do, however, have several friends and acquaintances that have been training for weeks and will be pummelling London’s roads this Sunday. I’d just like to say that I am immensely proud of you, excited for you and mostly in utter awe of your determination. Much respect to you all. Your words of encouragement throughout training for my first race were and are invaluable. I learned so much about running and attitude from each of you, whether you know it or not, so I thank you wholeheartedly. Do da ting and I can’t wait to cheer you on!
Run Dem Crew members will be out in force, including some of the following:
A very, very special big up to Jez who is running to be badass. And to also raise money for charity, because he’s nice like that.
And for Dommy and Linda smashing records in Manchester this weekend to qualify for the Boston Marathon, wishing you the best of love and luck. Fingers crossed, gun fingers raised and hats off to you both.
Last but not least, hold tight all the bandit runners. You don’t get named shout outs, but you know who you are and you have my support. Be careful, take it easy and have fun!
This weekend is shaping up to be an emotional one. Who wants to bet me and Orsi end up crying again?