Report from Lisa Maughan:
My second marathon and first time at London . I was both excited and nervous in the lead up to it. I woke up early and made my way to the start. Fortunately I bumped into a dubious looking pair at Charing Cross (Tom and Jackie), and Tom’s laid back attitude helped to calm my nerves!
We were in the pens about 30 minutes before the start, which actually passed quite quickly, and then we were off. I had decided to run near the 4 hr pace group, along with around 15,000 other people, or so it seemed. I was scratched, shoved and tripped up twice before half way, it was horrible!
Thankfully it thinned out a bit around mile 18 but then I had to contend with people stopping to walk in front of me, which was annoying especially when you are tired. I caught up with Tom at about 19 I think. He was in a lot of pain, after checking he was OK and throwing a couple of iboprofen at him I ploughed on.
I knew at this point that I wasn’t going to make sub four but was determined to get as near to four hours as possible so pushed on. The crowds along the last stretch were amazing and pushed me on. All in all I was very pleased with my time – a 12 minute PB. It was an amazing experience but not one I will be repeating in a hurry!
Report from Sean O’Halloran:
The weekend started with a trip to the London Excel to collect the race numbers, race pack and final instructions. There was also a chance to pick up some bargains from the trade stands. I was lucky enough me meet Wilson Kipsang and Geoffrey Mutai at the Excel and have a photo taken with each, but I’m not holding out much hope for a christmas card.
The race was won by Wilson Kipsang in 2.04.29 and first lady was Edna Kiplagat in 2.20.21. First in for the Black and Whites was Liam Dunne 388th overall in 2.45.40; followed by Richard Clarke, 3920th, in 3.23.10; Karen Potter, 6274th, in 3.37.21; Jackie Ackroyd, 9676th, in 3.52.43; Lisa Maughan, 12654th, in 4.04.03; Stephen Boddy, 15711th, in 4.16.57; Tom Hannah, 23014th, in 4.28.51; and Sean O’Halloran, 32997th, in 5.57.46.