We did it!
I really didn’t know if I could beat 2:51 this morning. I thought chances are I would be too hot and too blind (I can’t see out of the costume very well). I was more confident that my brother Tom would beat the monk record of 3:45, but then we saw a really fit looking monk at the start so not only did he have the record to beat but he had to beat the other monk too!
It’s such an emotional day. I could see the other runners (most of the time) but couldn’t see the crowd. I was looking for the JDRF supporters and couldn’t see them. I was looking for my friends and relatives and couldn’t see them. (I wasn’t looking for a speed bump at Canary Wharf, tripped up on it and got a massive cheer from the crowd!) But the roar of the crowd was absolutely amazing.
With ten miles to go, I knew I was going to do it and started to enjoy myself.
I finished, was interviewed by BBC London Radio, another radio station and the Guardian, and made my way to the JDRF recovery area. I felt so proud to have run for such an amazing charity. All the other runners have very personal connections to the charity, with children, partners, good friends or themselves with type 1. It was such an amazing effort from everyone!
Thank you everyone!
The motivations for running the marathon and beating the record are many. I wanted to see if I could do it with type 1. I wanted to raise the profile of JDRF and raise cash for them. I wanted to run for all the other people with type 1. I hope to inspire other people with type 1 to exercise as much as they want and as much as a “healthy person”.
I have also had such fantastic support (financially and words of encouragement) from so many people. My family and friends have been amazing. I’d also like to make a special mention to two other groups though: the few “randoms” who I’ve never met and my work colleagues. I have been blown away by how generous so many people have been. Some I know well and some I hardly know at all.
Thank you everyone!
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Stats – me
I ran 2:48:29.
My blood sugar was 7.6 just before the start. 6.9 and 9.2 during, and 5.1 when I finished. (I have to stop dead to actually place the drop of blood on the glucose meter, and I could hardly see the numbers through my costume.)
I overtook the first placed fancy dress runner – a Thunderbird – at mile 25, to finish as the fastest runner in fancy dress.
I am very very happy!
He ran 3:29:something.
He overtook the other monk with two miles to go.
His blood sugar was probably perfect all the way round – but he doesn’t have to test so will never know!
He’s very very happy!
A few photos