Chelmsford Marathon

Part One

Welcome to part one, no way can I fit all I have to report in one blog without boring you all to death so will break it down in to parts. Not to keep you in suspense, I did not achieve any of my happy, happier or happiest aims, but will add to this a glad, yes a glad I finished, but more on that another day.

Like most of us I am fortunate enough to have a good group of friends. One of these is the lovely Mrs F who has been mentioned here before, for five years she sat next to me between the hours of 9 and 5, Monday through Friday, helping me to cling on to a job that did not come naturally. Despite recently being quite ill she came out yesterday to offer support as I ran round her home town, standing in a great position enabling me to pass her 4 times. She was armed with flag, camera, jelly babies and much-needed water and bucket loads of encouragement. The last time I passed her was at the 18 mile mark where I was struggling to put it mildly! At this point she jumped on her bike and rode with me pretty much most of the way to the end. Offering amazing encouragement, carrying my water, chatting to take my mind off it, giving me pain killers at 20 miles as I was HURTING. (No offer of a backie on the panniers though!) Words cannot express how much this helped. She even managed to get to the finish straight to give me a high-five and once I got over the end I was presented with a lovely bag of ‘soak in the bath’ goodies! What a great friend.

Mrs F sadly lost her Mum when she was young and always says this has meant, she has surrounded herself with good friends, the reason she has lots of good friends is because without a doubt she is a FANTASTIC one. This tired achy, slightly sad round the edges runner is very grateful to her for all she did yesterday.


About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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18 Responses to Chelmsford Marathon

  1. Red Hen says:

    Ouch! You’re reminding me how gruelling marathons are! Was thinking of you yesterday and hope the weather at least, was more pleasant there than it was over here.

    Looking forward to reading more but, meanwhile….


  2. winsometahn says:

    Where would we be without friends?! Mrs F sounds worth her weight in gold.
    Well done on getting across that finish line.

  3. CeeJayKay says:

    Oh wow Shaz! You are totally inspiring!!!! And MrsF… Well she sounds like an angel xxx well done koex!!!

  4. Well done you! Part 2 ready yet!?

  5. Tubontherun says:

    Mrs F sounds like a real keeper! And well done to you too! Looking forward to Part 2.

  6. Don’t be sad! In time you’ll feel proud that you got round against the odds. By the way, I also did the London marathon in 2005! It was a complete disaster and took me 5h45m…….

  7. I am so pleased you wrote this. With all these folks doing ultras and 500 marathons in two weeks (or whatever it is), it’s good to be reminded that for us mortal folk, a marathon is bloody hard work and made all the better an achievement for being tough.
    Sometime’s it acts to highlight those champions such as Mrs F, without whom, the world is a poorer place.
    Well done you. And well done Mrs F!

  8. Mrs F sounds like an angel xxx Thanks Mrs F for encouraging our Shaz! (being there for each lap and then jumping on your bike to help, that’s wonderful!). And very well done to you Shaz, you finished and that makes you a winner to me!!!

  9. She sounds amazing and now I just want to hear more about your race because I am sure you did great. Because after all the goal is to finish! 🙂 Glad she was there to help you.

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