It’s a bit of an understatement to say that the Virgin Money London Marathon creates a lot of memories. We caught up with a few past runners and asked them what their lasting memorises were from the day.
I’m afraid I’d have to say pain, sorry! I was struggling with an injury but what i do remember was the support that the runners gave one and other along the route, sometimes it was jelly babies, sometimes it was a hug and sometimes it was words of encouragement. It makes such a huge difference to your mental state. Despite my injury, I crossed the line.
There is so much that jumps to mind. Having people calling my name made it for me, it really did. I’m a bit of a joker and had “Never Again’ written on the back of my shirt so people kept running past and turning back to shout ‘you will do it again, you will’ and as the tumble weed settled and they disappeared into the distance I just managed to spit out the words ‘not on your life mate” but with a smile of course. I was touched massively by the runners and spectators encouraging me all the way, it’s really emotional.
It may be an obvious one but seeing my friends and family on the course, I remember it was mile nineteen. My Mum had always wanted to run it and sadly never had a chance so to see them so far in and still feeling good I felt I had achieved something worth doing.
The entire day is so amazing, I can’t really pinpoint one actual moment and crossing the finish line is just too obvious, outstanding, but obvious. I remember at one point, I think it was about mile eighteen, I started to walk and one lovely spectator shouted “Come on Nicky, come on Nicky my love, you can do it!”. It was all the encouragement I needed and kept me going to the finish line. I am so glad I had my name on my running vest. I think that moment stands out in my memory, that and getting show my dad my medal, he was so proud of me.
I actually got goosebumps when you asked me that question. Without a shadow of a doubt it has to be running down the mall and seeing my loved ones in the stands cheering, crossing the finish line and receiving my medal. It’s incredibly emotional and the sense of achievement you feel is almost impossible to describe.
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