London Marathon 2018 – done!
The hottest London Marathon on record came and went during one of the wettest starts to a year so it was a different experience to the many training runs done in the wind, cold and rain.
O2e was represented by Beth, Rob and George, who all completed the biggest marathon on earth with a smile on their faces.
Here’s a few words from our London Marathon heroes;
“Running the London Marathon exceeded my expectations.
I was thrilled to find out in December that I had a place to run for O2E. I started training and enjoyed achieving small personal milestones.
The race day itself was harder physically than I’d imagined – partly due to the heat but also due to my inexperience. I am so thankful to my friends and family for their support in the build up, and on the day itself. I’m especially thankful to my mum and dad for their efforts in reviving me at the finish line! I was inspired being surrounded by people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and abilities all pushing themselves to achieve their own goal.
The Marathon is over but I’m still basking in my sense of achievement! I’m thrilled that I was able to raise money for O2E, and grateful to the charity for enabling me to take part in such a wonderful event which I will remember forever.”
‘So I enjoy the odd gentle 5k and 10k run, I then realised I needed a challenge for 2018 and decided to take on the London Marathon. I was lucky enough to get a charity place for Get Kids Going so I embarked on the epic challenge for them.
After 5 months of training I was as Marathon ready as I could be. Race day fast approaching sponsorships flying in it was time to travel up to London and pick up my running number and timing chip.
Race day arrived, and it was forecast to be the hottest London Marathon on record! Factor 50 applied I waited in my holding pen and 50 minutes later I crossed the start line. The first half went to plan keeping with my predicted times but then approaching Canary Wharf I was starting to feel the heat and the lack of water supply did not help. Pushing through the heat seeing Tower Bridge brought hope that I was getting closer to the finish line.
The last 4 miles was a struggle but seeing family on the last leg helped make it all feel worthwhile. Crossing the finish line in 6.41 and receiving the medal made for a very momentous day.
Bring on the next challenge!’
A huge thanks to all our runners for representing O2e and huge kudos on your efforts for the tough months of training and of course, for the big day itself.
David Weir, friend of O2e, secured his 8th London Marathon win! The British Men’s wheelchair legend used all his experience and race craft to pip his Swiss and American rivals to the line, coming off their wheel in a perfectly timed sprint finish.
Many congratulations to the Weir Wolf and Get Kids Going!