Virgin London Marathon – Fourth Time – Part Two

The horn sounded, not that you could hear it back in pen 7 and slowly people started moving forward. 8 minutes of walking later and I was over the start line.

By this time I was calm and could breathe. This helps I find! The first mile loomed, but the garmin had me arrive before it. I don’t think for a minute that VLM had it wrong, the garmin was out. Calmly I realised that the 10 minute mile pace was not going to help, I needed to do 9:45 ish. That’s fine I reasoned I’ve done 18 miles in training at that pace. From then on I checked the watch regularly if it was reading a 9:30 pace, I slowed, when it beeped the mile over I could usually see the next balloon gantry, on this was a clock a quick minus 8 from that gave me an idea if I was on target or not. That’s how I passed my miles and boy they passed quickly.

I heeded the advice, no high fiving, no engagement with spectators, unless I knew them and no chat.

Oh except for the guy who had on the back of his Charity Tshirt ‘Thank you, John Disley’***. As I was passing him, I told him I liked the statement. He then told me he was a friend of John’s and John had always tried to get him to run London, sadly the year he decided to John passed away. I told him the relics were also friends of John and that point I wished him a good run and ran on. It turns out that we think this runner had been talking to the relics at John’s memorial service and he went to the same school as Dad! Isn’t it odd that out of 39000 runners I passed this man read his shirt and had a chat?

Anyway I digress back to knocking off those miles.

Well what can I say I knocked them off, I saw most of the people I knew who came to watch, including club members, two Madams, ex running buddy who passed me a bottle of water, at water station mile 13, my brother and Alma. The crowds were amazing, noisy and terrific.

Mile 23 loomed, that’s it now Shaz you can do this a parkrun to go. I picked it up. I rocked out my fastest mile! However, probably due to this, my slowest mile was mile 26!

800 metres to go, 400 metres to go, palace, mall, finishing straight, go legs of lead go and stop. No St John’s Ambulance person I am going to stand here and gather myself just for a moment thank you.

The aims for this marathon were

  • Don’t go out too fast
  • Control the pace
  • Finish under 4.5 hours
  • Finish Strong
  • Get a PB

Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick.

Finish time 4:21:40

*** For those of you not in the know John Disley was an Olympian, and along with Chris Brasher co-founded the London Marathon back in 1981. John was responsible for creating the route. A route that takes in so many iconic landmarks, there is nothing quite like running over Tower Bridge. It is possible that without John there would be a London Marathon, it is unlikely though that it would one of the best in the world. I am privileged to have run it now four times, so yes

Thank you, John Disley’


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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15 Responses to Virgin London Marathon – Fourth Time – Part Two

  1. Fab time. Well done on your PB! x

  2. Jennifer says:

    Great job and congratulations on your PB!

  3. Wow. GREAT job, Sharon!
    Brilliant running. Super write up.

  4. runtezza says:

    High five! Well done sounds like a very satisfying run. Great posts these last two instalments 🏅

  5. mawil1 says:

    Yay! Great time, well done!

  6. CeeJayKay says:


  7. Steph says:

    Congratulations on besting all of your goals and the brilliant PB!

  8. And tick to being a strong determined woman! Very well done Shaz, I will not forget the night of watching your little orange running person fly around that iconic course. You are a star my lovely friend. So proud of you!

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