Along with 42,000 other runners last weekend I headed to the capital for the 2022 edition of the London Marathon.
The forecast, right up until Saturday evening had been for rain and plenty of it but the day started dry and by the time the race was underway, the clouds parted and the sun came out.
This really is some event, with the very best of human nature on display, from the participants encouraging each other to the unbelievable crowds that line the route.
After tearing a hamstring at the start of the year, I would have preferred slightly more preparation time (wouldn’t we all!). The first 15 miles of my race went well, my pace was as planned but it started to become heavy going as we headed out to Canary Wharf. I had to dig deep to get through the final three miles.
The support along the embankment was absolutely fantastic and the final turn past HRH’s palace, with the finishing line in sight, was emotional.
I managed 4hr 18mins, not my fastest but certainly just as satisfying and it just reinforced my belief that this has to be one of the best marathons to do.