With the buzz of the London Marathon still in our ears I asked Philippa Baines and Julie Taylor how it was for them……..
Pip writes: ‘I was so nervous but excited at the same time and couldn’t wait to earn that prestigious marathon medal.
The atmosphere was incredible and I couldn’t believe the noise from cheering spectators who were to become my personal motivators along the whole 26.2 miles! The support from start to finish was unbelievable, children eagerly encouraged ‘high 5s’, a pat on the back from stranger’s telling me my pace was good and a dear lady who brought me close to tears when she yelled my name and told me I could do it! It was such an emotional day, the camaraderie between all participants whether on the sidelines or running the race was something I’ll never forget.
My Marathon highlight was Tower Bridge, what a landmark; I was in awe as I tried to drink in every moment. I felt so important and loved every second……. up to mile 17 when it started to get a little tough.
I chanted my mantra’s and counted down every step until I saw Buckingham Palace ahead, it was here that the crowds went crazy………never did I think that mile 26 would be my fastest!!!
With the finish line came the aches, pains, tears and so many emotions. The relief and elation was overwhelming!
So, would I do it again???…………………………………….Absolutely!’
And Julie’s story: ‘Well I’ve done it, a lifetime ambition, to run the London Marathon “non-stop”.
The crowds were amazing the whole 26 miles, the build up nerve racking and then I just soaked up the atmosphere.
All the training, advice & support from our club leaders, Jac & Deb at SE Fitness was without a doubt what got me through & my lovely running partner/friend “Pips”.
The London Marathon is the most iconic marathon in the world. I’ve run with a rhino, a bugle player, a bride, Mr. Happy & a camel!
I am now fitter & healthier than even 20 or 30 years ago, getting wonderful comments & my family & friends are proud of me too’
Julie & Pip starting running with SE Fitness within the last 3 years and have gradually moved up the groups. When they first joined they had never considered they might run a marathon!