This year marked the 35 year anniversary of the London Marathon. Around 37,000 runners pounded the streets of London, cheered on by tremendous support from the spectators every step of the way. Paula Radcliff, the greatest womans’ marathon runner in history bid a final farewell to what has been a glittering career. So it was only fit that two SUTRI Run Captains embraced the streets of London on a overcast April morning to take part in what is widely regarded as ‘the greatest race in the world’.
The race began earnestly at Greenwich park, at 10:10am meridian time, weaving its way across some of the most popular sites in London, including the Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, along the Embankment to the Houses of Parliament and down the Mall in front Buckingham Palace, where in 1908 Queen Alexander is said to have requested the distance to be extended to 26.2 miles so that the royal children could watch the race from their nursery. There was a wide range of runners from Sonic to SpongeBob to Captain America to Spiderman to a man dressed in hardly anything, all the way through to a man dressed as Jesus on the cross, all hoping to raise money for charitable causes. Running the Marathon really gives you a much broader sense of the city, even for someone who grew up just down the road.
The crowds were simply spectacular along the way, shouting words of encouragement and applauding the runners, the highlight being giving high-fives to little spectators lining the course. Tom, our outgoing Run Captain ran a superb race, finishing with a PB of 3 hours and 15 minutes! I was admittedly very nervous as this was my first marathon, however I was very pleased to have finished in 3 hours and 2 minutes. Next year I have set myself the target of breaking 2 hours 50 minutes where I hope we can have more of our members achieving even greater success at what is truly the greatest race in the world.
Farid Alimi (Run Captain)
Finishing sprint down the mall – 3 hours 5 minutes
Photo Credits: MarathonFoto.com
Tom looking great at about mile 10 – 3 hours 15 minutes