On Thursday 15th December, I completed my first marathon distance in Chapel St’s Charity Carolthon! Despite my fears that I might get distracted by various cake shops en route, I ran around London like a crazy head and covered 26.2 miles, stopping only to join in the carolling fun around the capital!
Our Carolthon team did concerts at the Houses of Parliament, John Lewis on Oxford Street, St Pancras Station, Marks and Spencers on Oxford Street and at Chatham Financial in Covent Garden.
A lot of the route involved doing circuits of Hyde Park, which was beautiful, interspersed with a few ‘dodge the shopper’ moments as we ran to our Oxford Street or St Pancras concerts.
We were fortunate to have really wonderful weather for the run. It was a lovely London winter day – sunny, cold and bright – with no rain. We couldn’t have asked for better conditions! And even though I have lived in London for 17 years, I saw some really lovely new spots of town during the run.
It was a really great experience and I am really pleased to have made it through the distance – although I have been walking around with a bit of a John Wayne swagger ever since.
And I was really pleased to have my parents there supporting me on the day, especially when my dad ran a little bit with me. After all, my quest to do a marathon is part inspired by my dad who ran the London Marathon when I was a child.
Now – I’m just chilling out and looking forward to Christmas. Planning to do a few runs during the festive period and in 2012, I’m on the hunt for my next marathon – although this time, without the carol stops!