I got a place!!!!


OK, the picture is way too big, but so is the challenge!

Let me start by making it clear that I am not a runner. Let’s face it, I’m not an anything!

But I am incredibly bloody minded and, if I decide that I’m going to do something I WILL do it!

I have a lot of friends who are runners, I know how much people want to get a place in the London Marathon and, on my second attempt, I am one of the lucky ones. 

I also need to say how irritated I get by people who apply for places on a whim, get them and then either waste the place by not doing it, do no training or, worst of the lot, defer thereby taking places from others for 2 years.


I will train, and whilst I will undoubtedly walk more than I run, I will not disgrace myself!

Rewind, rewind, rewind.


This year’s target!!!

Now obviously it’s going to be April to April now and, before any smart arse makes a comment, I had never heard of an Ultra at that point and if anybody suggests one I shall put my fingers in my ears and sing la la la very loudly!

I’ve done:

  • The Westminster Mile 
  • Sweatshop at Bluewater 4K 
  • BUPA 10K
  • British 10K
  • The Sumo run – 5K


I’ve just done The Royal Parks Half Marathon and have to say that, out of all the different things I’ve done so far, that’s the thing I’m most proud of.

I’d completely forgotten about it, I booked all the races months ago. I remembered I’d entered the Great South Run and thought, oh well, I’ve got 6 weeks. But when I started to plan my training I discovered it was 3 weeks to the half marathon!

I’d done no running (such as it is) for ages, and no distance walking either. So, what to do? Cancel? Wimp out?

No way!!!

Hit those roads!

And I did it.

Image       Image


And, out of all the things I’ve done, I think this is the one I am most proud of 🙂


So, The Great South Run is looming and a winter of training beckons before my biggest challenge yet.

On Friday I’m going to talk to Darryl about this (see what happens while you’re on holiday) and plan the way forward. 

I’m going to tweet what I’ve done every day as I know that will help me to stay focussed – I’d find it really hard to confess to wimping out.

Getting this place has also acted as the incentive I need to get a bit more weight off. It’s a long way to go carrying a shopping bag of stuff!

How am I feeling about this? The overwhelming emotion is excitement but then:





7 responses to “I got a place!!!!”

  1. Hi gill. We’ll done on completing royal parks h marathon just goes to show what can be done by forgetting about things ha ha! See you at the great south run. X

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