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London Marathon

Sun April 13 2003
103 Entrants Club PB SB Pred Time WAVA
-Daz Defra AC 2:50:36 3:22:15 3:22:15 60.79
10.13 SLEAFORD STRIDERS 4:24:55 5:03:47 5:03:47 41.37
2run Unaffiliated 3:14:30 3:20:23 3:20:23 61.85
abdou Unaffiliated 3:00:42 3:56:21 3:56:21 52.02
Ade487 Northbrook AC 3:13:54 3:14:56 3:14:56 64.86
Alex26.2 Debut Mornington Chasers 2:46:09 3:10:04 3:10:04 64.69
alf_chac Colchester Harriers AC, Trail Running Association 2:33:23 2:43:00 2:43:00 75.81
ATOM. So close to sub 4hrs and yet so far.  Serves me right for those 7:05 min miles at mile 4 and 5!!! Pirate Ship Of Fools, Zoom Tri Club 3:53:20 4:00:23 4:00:23 4:00:23 51.40
Becky80 Retford AC 3:37:21 4:44:16 4:44:16 47.64
beders Ilkley Harriers AC 3:54:39 3:57:44 3:57:44 55.31
Bekele Unaffiliated 4:12:00 5:07:23 5:07:23 40.11
bigmunnki Not bad. Reasonably happy on not too much training. Bournville Harriers 3:08:10 3:14:00 3:14:00 63.38
Binks Serpentine RC 3:06:55 3:55:00 3:55:00 52.32
Bob! Maldon Soul Runners 3:53:35 5:35:45 5:35:45 38.84
Bolt My first BIG race as a runner 'proper'. Completed it without stopping although it was very hard at the end. An ambition was finally fulfilled and convinced me that I needed to join a running club. At which point Harwich Runners came calling... Harwich Runners 3:26:49 4:26:24 4:30:00 4:26:24 46.52
brianday very little training - pace trailing off at the end Norfolk Gazelles Running Club 3:43:00 5:33:48 5:33:48 43.76
BryanB Bellahouston Road Runners 2:52:40 2:58:53 2:58:53 69.55
bw Stoped at 25 miles for a drink and took 20minutes to get started again. Reading Roadrunners 3:25:20 4:15:55 4:15:55 48.62
C-Cat Northbrook AC, Warwick Uni Triathlon & Road Cycling Club 3:45:32 4:34:22 4:34:22 49.41
cake muncher Placed 3,632nd. Falkland Trail Runners 2:42:41 3:26:41 3:26:41 60.20
Chris 10k Bedford Harriers AC 4:00:45 4:00:45 4:00:45 55.54
CJO First marathon and a time I don't think I'll ever beat! Wadhurst Runners 2:47:05 2:47:05 2:47:05 73.59
coach26.2 Reading Roadrunners, New York Road Runners Club 3:43:26 4:22:36 4:34:24 45.34
controversial Whata nighmare, pain, disaster and mental destruction! My first marathon and I haven't put enough training. Still a very fast first half with 1 hour 40 mins and a ... very slow second half with 2 hours 40!
It is not the wall that i hit but a full mountain! Clapham Chasers 2:33:54 4:17:19 3:30:00 4:17:19 47.78
Cris Garth Swindon Harriers 3:19:33 3:59:15 3:59:15 54.51
dabba Unaffiliated 4:49:08 6:28:18 6:28:18 33.31
davelord Guess at finish time London have deleted Trawden AC 2:53:32 3:13:56 3:13:56 65.64
DavePont Unaffiliated 5:40:10 5:40:10 5:40:10 0.00
Desertrunner Unaffiliated 3:26:41 3:57:40 3:57:40 51.87
emuslushy Unaffiliated 6:51:58 6:57:13 6:57:13 32.81
Fat Boy 11138th overall.  ran for charity dressed as Dracula! Carnegie Harriers 2:50:30 4:13:39 4:13:39 48.60
firemannotsam Bishops Stortford RC, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service 3:25:52 4:37:00 4:37:00 44.39
Forest Runner Bracknell Forest Runners 3:21:04 3:37:44 3:37:44 3:37:44 61.41
Gavvers Did not finish. Retired injured on Tower Bridge Wrexham AAC 3:39:44 4:30:00 0.00
GAZGIB Bracknell Forest Runners 3:51:08 4:37:41 4:37:41 44.29
GD My first ever Marathon - a bit disappointed not to go under 4 hours, but delighted to have finished.  Every bit as good as everyone says it is!! FERC 3:20:18 4:18:33 4:18:33 4:18:33 47.55
GEG Unaffiliated 3:39:08 5:02:46 5:02:46 0.00
Gibster Stainland Lions RC 3:54:11 4:06:11 4:00:00 4:06:11 51.35
HB Unaffiliated 4:00:41 4:14:06 4:30:41 50.03
Helegant Bedford Harriers AC, FERC 5:54:53 5:54:53 5:30:00 5:54:53 41.37
Hoppo Rodillian Runners 4:48:43 4:52:32 4:52:32 42.03
Iggle Piggle Race Number: 8658
Position: 12997th
Started in Pen 8 Northbrook AC, Coventry Triathletes 3:59:38 4:23:31 4:23:31 46.66
iPaul Bedford Harriers AC 2:56:56 3:12:39 3:12:39 64.58
jackonaplane Unaffiliated 3:59:09 4:34:35 4:34:35 44.78
JamesW San Domenico RC 3:07:46 3:44:14 3:44:14 54.83
Jock Itch FERC 2:40:14 3:20:53 3:00:00 3:20:53 61.27
KKKKKarl Unaffiliated 3:42:20 3:44:10 3:45:00 3:44:10 55.12
Krankieman Ran it with a cold! Hoping for 3.30 and got to half way in 1.45 feeling good, then died at 16 miles. Carnethy Hill RC 3:44:00 4:01:24 4:01:24 0.00
la bandit Grantham AC, Stamford Striders 3:13:59 3:22:21 3:22:21 64.45
Legless what a disaster, everyting had gone so well in training and pre races, was on for 3.40/3.45 till 21m then right leg went, huge muscle spasms, had a 10 min massage from St Johns guy who advised me to pull out, so i obv ignored him and limped/jogged the last 5m Unaffiliated 4:10:53 4:24:02 3:59:00 4:24:02 47.34
LittleBAT Felixstowe RRC 3:40:00 4:07:00 4:07:00 49.78
Longlegs Swanley & District AC 3:44:21 3:44:21 4:24:07 46.55
M. Diddy Ran with MissP!!! Team Trisports, North Herts Road Runners 3:12:32 5:27:40 5:27:40 38.58
Madshirl Tadcaster Harriers 3:19:00 3:32:19 3:32:19 68.45
Malc26.2 Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners 3:06:03 3:35:36 3:35:36 57.18
Mansekotka Congleton Harriers, FERC 2:39:30 2:46:47 2:48:00 2:46:47 77.55
Marathon Mike Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies 4:50:32 5:10:00 5:10:00 40.78
MartinH Wigston Phoenix 2:44:50 3:46:00 4:00:00 3:46:00 54.40
Marty Clevedon AC 2:48:46 3:29:30 3:29:30 58.73
Musical Journey Thursday 10th April 
Wakes up and looks out of the window at the preposterous sight of a flurry of snow. Rubs his hands at the prospect of skiing the 26 miles instead.

Sunday 13th April 
Up at 5am and a perfect morning ! Nervous anticipation as I travel down to Greenwich park. 
Mile 0 - 9.45am - excitement and the realisation that 5 months of training through a cold, wet and dreary winter is all about to pay off.
Mile 1 - It takes 6 minutes to walk to the start line, and an amazing adrenalin rush as I begin the race. My body feels so good, could I break the world record ?
Mile 2 - They said the atmosphere would be great, but this is something else. I join in a group rendition of OGGY, OGGY, OGGY, OI, OI, OI
Mile 3 - A distant church bell rings out the tune to Chariots of Fire - magic ! 
Mile 4 - I pass the first of many pubs, the landlord is up on a ladder and belting out a karaoke rendition of 'Run, Run, Run' by 'The Who'.
Mile 5 - I look over to my left shoulder, and cant believe that running next to me is a friend I haven’t seen for 7 years, we do a double take and then warmly greet each other. 33,000 runners, what was the chances of that ?
Mile 6 - Elvis (or is it a look-alike?) is alive and well and running alongside me in the marathon. 
Mile 7 - The first landmark as we pass the Cutty Sark to rapturous applause. 
Mile 8 - The sun is up and its getting warmer, time to drink some water ! 
Mile 9 - Its heartwarming to see fellow 'Shelter' runners amongst me. I'm thinking about all the money we are going to raise to help all those homeless children.
Mile 10 - The prospect of having to do another 16 miles is daunting but the crowd support is overwhelming, and a steel drum band adds to the carnival atmosphere.
Mile 11 - I spot a fellow QPR fan (a rare sight indeed)   - come on you R's ! 
Mile 12 - What was that about not going too fast at the start ? I'm getting worried as I'm not even half way yet, and the limbs are starting to ache.
Mile 13 - I cross Tower Bridge and the hairs on the back of my head stand up at the rapturous support from the crowd. 
Mile 14 - Something is not well in the state of Cardoza. My legs are buckling, I fear I could be hitting 'the wall'. 
Mile 15 - I start to walk, my resolve is beaten. What the hell is happening, this wasn’t supposed to happen ! 
Mile 16 - I start to question why I got myself into this, have a gone stark raving mad, I could be lying in bed now, reading the Sunday papers.
Mile 17 - The atmosphere as I go through Canary Wharf is truly electric, the crowd urge me on and I elect to start jogging again.
Mile 18 - I break down again, my legs have turned to jelly, I struggle to even walk now, and still 8 miles to go !!! 
Mile 19 - I'm angry now. My heart is up for it, but my legs are on a different wavelength. I dream of a hot Radox bath. 
Mile 20 - I'm even angrier as I get jostled by numerous runners as they overtake me. I feel like screaming 'No need to bloody rub it in you bas*ards' !
Mile 21 - I start to wonder who it was that decided a marathon should be 26 miles, as I want to have some serious words with them.
Mile 22 - A group of lads roar me on with a football chorus of PIO, PIO, PIO. I break into a jog, to huge cheers. 
Mile 23 - The cobbles of Tower Hill prove too much for me as I start to walk again. St Johns Ambulance looks over, I try not to catch their glare, I'm sure they are whispering about how awful I look.
Mile 24 - I spot Roger Black smiling as he interviews someone and I wonder if he would be smiling if he had just run 24 miles, the smug git.
Mile 25 - I vow to finish strongly as I come through Blackfriars tunnel onto Embankment. My legs go into overdrive, and at last I start to overtake people !
Mile 26 - Into Parliament Square, onto Birdcage walk and then past Betty's palace, what an awesome feeling as the pain subsides and I soak in the cheers of the crowd and spot the finish line on the Mall. Its all over. 4hrs 26 minutes, I collect my medal and feel an overwhelming sense of achievement. But will I ever walk again ?!
FERC 4:26:00 4:26:00 3:59:00 4:26:00 46.23
No barriers first marathon Unaffiliated 4:44:16 5:39:00 5:39:00 40.13
OllyW Riverside Runners 2:59:01 3:57:00 3:57:00 51.88
Once a Sprinter ... Worksop Harriers & AC 2:08:03 4:12:06 4:12:06 52.59
Philippe Flop Unaffiliated 4:09:00 4:09:00 4:09:00 50.47
pielips Unaffiliated 4:23:28 4:28:33 4:28:33 46.54
Pink Team 1 Ashbourne RC 4:24:15 4:24:15 4:30:00 4:24:15 46.65
plodding hippo 100 Marathon Club 4:16:46 5:41:00 5:41:00 40.30
rhb I remember little of the day. The start, a bit. The Cutty Stark having to stop en-masse as there was gridlock. We danced the YMCA for a minute or two! Tower Bridge - what an experience! Seeing my Dad just after that. The relative quiet through Canary Wharf, then seeing Dad again just before the Tower. The cobbles, and the poor gent who tripped over ahead of me on the matting! Embankment - pretty close to matchin the tower Bridge Experience. Running in tears at 25miles as I realised that I'd finish and all the hard work from January to April in prep had paid off. Turning off the Embankment and realising that the bit upto the palace is considerably longer than it looks on Telly, then turning into the finish straight, crossing the finish line and heading off to the pub for Massage, Chilli and a few pints of Guiness. What a day. :) Chorlton Runners 3:04:37 3:51:55 3:51:55 53.01
roadrunner1 PB Telford AC, Whitchurch Whippets 2:48:38 2:48:38 2:48:38 73.50
Ruggy Dunstable RRC 3:17:50 3:48:46 3:48:46 54.64
Runner Martin Did not complete - collapsed at 24 miles!! Redway Runners 3:58:36 4:40:49 0.00
runtobefree Unaffiliated 3:28:40 4:10:02 4:10:02 56.55
Salopianb Wrekin Road Runners, FERC 4:22:00 4:22:00 4:46:58 42.96
Santos L Helpar Unaffiliated 3:33:30 4:34:48 4:30:00 4:34:48 44.74
Sharpy Unaffiliated 4:10:57 4:28:33 4:28:33 45.78
Shell Trooper Atkins York Knavesmire Harriers, Stirling Triathlon Club 4:50:09 5:43:43 6:00:00 5:43:43 39.82
Shortstuff FERC 3:58:33 4:55:00 4:55:00 41.72
silver tortoise First ever FLM Orion Harriers 3:19:20 4:02:00 4:30:00 4:02:00 56.21
Smiling Pete Ilford AC, Orion Harriers 3:25:17 3:37:22 0.00
Spic Leigh-on-Sea Striders 4:59:04 4:59:04 4:59:04 47.28
stevereidrunner Unaffiliated 3:28:00 3:39:00 3:39:00 0.00
straycelt Road Runners Club 3:13:20 3:13:20 3:13:20 0.00
stu8 Thetford AC 3:48:47 4:25:07 4:25:07 46.39
stubsy Unaffiliated 4:15:58 5:04:47 5:04:47 42.09
Surrey Phil FERC 4:32:57 4:57:58 4:57:58 41.27
SVrunner Running Colchester 4:39:39 4:53:21 4:53:21 42.84
tangledfeet Ivanhoe Runners 2:46:59 2:58:45 2:58:45 71.22
Tatws 1st London Marathon - felt OK until around the 19m mark and then began to slow down and stop at every water station. Felt OK at the finish and recovered well. FERC 3:42:12 3:52:05 3:52:05 52.98
taulpaul Birmingham Swifts 3:30:24 4:13:33 4:13:58 4:13:58 48.42
ThunderRoad Woodbridge Shufflers RRC 3:08:25 3:08:25 3:08:25 67.57
tiamo69 This, my 1st Marathon & i was well prepared (mileage) but not for the HEAT!
it was a definite Race of 2 Halves...

At both 10 mile point & Half Marathon distance i felt fine & was well on course for a Sub3:30...

Then, i started to slow down around 15-16 & really started to flag around 18 mile point...
Embankment was absolute Hell for Me!

Fininshed in 4:24:13, went to Anthong Nolan reception, had my Post Race massage & then started to throw up continuously! Taken to St Jonn's Ambulance & later admitted to Hospital, as i'd been so sick, i'd competely dehydrated & desalinated myself!

2 extra days/nights in London Hospital, on a Saline Drip, before i was allowed to return home...
For some reason, the Coach didn't wait for me!!!i Midland Masters A C 4:24:13 4:24:13 4:24:13 46.59
Ticketyboo Cumbernauld AAC, Scottish Veteran Harriers Club 2:38:11 3:53:28 3:53:28 52.66
ToastRunner Crawley AC 2:44:17 2:56:17 2:56:17 69.75
travelling man Aberdare Valley AAC 3:02:45 3:23:13 3:23:13 62.64
trouty Doncaster Triathlon Club 2:52:43 3:14:03 3:14:03 66.65
Vancouver Jogger Unaffiliated 4:01:15 4:01:15 4:01:15 50.96
Velociraptor Second attempt. Trained consistently for 14 weeks, but way too much gymming and swimming and not enough running. PB by 75 minutes. Had a great time. Cumberland AC, FERC 3:36:39 4:41:21 4:41:21 49.33
Vin Rouge Striders of Croydon AC 3:18:40 4:11:28 4:11:28 49.14
WA Unaffiliated 3:52:06 3:58:23 3:58:23 56.87
Wally My fourth London.  Would've loved a sub 4. Stourbridge RC 2:57:27 4:14:21 4:14:21 4:14:21 48.34
Weekatiepea Grampian Orienteers (GRAMP), Stonehaven Running Club 3:43:31 4:53:02 4:53:02 46.21
wick Unaffiliated 4:04:05 4:04:05 4:30:00 4:04:05 58.76
Wiggins Unaffiliated 2:53:25 3:18:49 3:15:00 3:18:49 61.84

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