Yesterday I completed the London Marathon in 4 hours 47 minutes and 14 seconds. I would be lying if I said i was pleased with my time as I had hoped to be nearer the 4.30 mark but that's the competitive side of me.
However, the conditions certainly meant this was going to be affected and ultimately considering the number who fell ill during the race and the death of Matt Campbell, finishing no matter what the time is something that should not be taken for granted. It was without doubt one of the hardest challenges I have taken part in. Sliding into a tank filled with ice or being electrocuted during Tough Mudder seemed a party in comparison. It was even harder than child birth without pain relief.
The people of London and the spectators are without doubt also winners in this event. Hearing your name being shouted over and over again particularly when your struggling and it pushes you on is enough to bring a smile to your face even when in the greatest of pain. Coming down into St James Park towards Buckingham Palace is truly as iconic as everyone says it is. Running towards that final clock at the end was enough to make me try and finish with a sprint and the emotion just floods over you. Seeing Katherine Spritzer just ahead of me was also pretty cool.
Just want to say a final one huge thanks to all of you who have supported me on this at times crazy but amazing journey. Your words of wisdom, encouragement and good wishes really have been phenomenal and I have only just finished reading your messages from yesterday. Your tremendous kindness and donations also meant our fundraising efforts brought us to over £16,000.00.
Many thanks to David Gaffin, Adam Green, Michael Bowers and David Perry.
David and I and all our family would like to thank you for your continued support, patience and hard work. The past 5 years have been an extremely difficult time for us, and your advice and empathy has really helped us along the way. We are so grateful to you because David can now move onto his next chapter. Many Thanks.
You have done an outstanding job in dealing with my claim and treated both myself and my wife in a totally professional manner
I would like to thank you so much for all the hard work that you put into my case which was complex and challenging. You were always professional, polite, and efficient but also had that human touch which was most welcome, especially when having to discuss personal medical information.