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Here’s how this year’s runners got on!
Ronan Clancy and Gordon Hewitt
After an intensive training schedule, marathon day arrived along with a combination of nerves and excitement for Ronan Clancy and Gordon Hewitt. This was Ronan’s first marathon and he achieved a spectacular time of 3hrs and 36mins, Gordon finished in 5hrs and 03 mins.
Ronan said, “The race was incredibly gruelling but we both got through it in the end. The crowds were amazing and the weather was even quite nice, in fact my only injury of the day was getting sunburnt!
Rob Bennett & Brian McGlinchy
We travelled to London the Friday before the marathon, checked into our hotel and found a nice Italian restaurant to load up on pasta. On Saturday, we went to the Excel venue at Royal Victoria Dock to register and pick up our race numbers. This was the moment when it all became real, tomorrow we would be running the Virgin London Marathon!
‘Race Day’ and the alarm was set for 6am for us to discover that the hotel did not start breakfast until 7.30am. Fortunately, the goody bag received the previous day at the expo contained a sachet of porridge and a banana! So we set off to Greenwich and reported to our start point and at 10am we were off on the biggest physical challenge of our lives.
The streets were lined with crowds cheering, singing, shouting and screaming, all of which helped massively, especially in the last few miles. Personally, I hit the wall at 24 miles where my legs felt like lead weights and my energy stores were depleted, however, I managed to keep going and passed the finish line in 4 hours 14 minutes. 16 minutes ahead of my target so I was well chuffed.
After collecting my medal and goody bag, I ventured back to the baggage area and reflected on what I can only describe as the biggest physical challenge of my life. Once I’d met up again with my running partner, we got back to our hotel and then set off to Piccadilly Circus where we rewarded ourselves with a huge meal of steak and chips meal and a rather nice bottle of red wine.
The whole experience was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone as a definite challenge for your bucket list. What made it extra special was that I was able to represent The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity who I have been involved with for 10 years.
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