If I had fallen into a pit, blacked out and forgotten what date it was, this is one of those weekends where Facebook would come in handy. My feed has been dominated by the two big events this weekend: Anzac Day, and the London Marathon.
Having run my first marathon last year, I watched the the London marathon with a mix of envy, excitement and relief that I didn’t have to run 26.2 miles today! Argubaly the biggest running event in the calendar in the UK, it attracts not only all the professional runners (of course), but the glamorous smattering of ‘normal’ celebrities who give the route a bash. Which combines two of my biggest passions in life: running and celebrity-spotting. Don’t laugh.
This year is Paula Radcliffe’s last marathon before retiring too. Before I was a runner, the only thing I knew about Paula Radcliffe was that she once peed on herself when running a marathon. And it turns out that’s not even correct. I didn’t know that she held (and still holds) the world title for the women’s marathon, of 2:15:25, nor that during that infamous race she also got the world’s best record for a women’s only race. So as well as being a running hero and general badass role model she’s also a reminder of how people’s huge achievements can sometimes be overlooked by the most stupid things if we’re (I’m) not careful.
Anyway. All the celebrities were interviewed before the race and promoting their charities. It was very exciting. And then Chris Evans (a 49 year old DJ on the UK’S Radio 2 for any Aussie readers) popped up as a ‘surprise’ runner: he only announced yesterday that he had entered. He said his aims were to finish in one piece, and to finish in time for dinner at the pub. Before Christmas, he couldn’t run for one mile without stopping, but gradually built it up and today finished in a super time Â of 4:53:15.
My local running group always represents well, and we had times ranging from 2:52:56 to 5:16 – and everyone did so well! So today I wanted to celebrate all the runners who ran – especially those like Chris Evans, who hadn’t run much before, but decided they would sign up to the marathon and give it a go. It’s no small feat! I hope the ends made the process worthwhile – I know that it did for me.
I cannot wait to run this one – it’s officially on My List of Races to Definitely Run. This is a list I have just started to compile while watching everyone finish at the Mall with Buckingham Palace behind them – that would be AMAZING. SB is already getting annoyed/worried/tired of hearing me talk about running it next year. I’m sure that 7 months is enough time to recover from childbirth and drag myself around a 26.2 mile course isn’t itâ€¦â€¦??????