Just completed the London Marathon

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  1. EricHitchmo

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    PERSON
    Name MR MATTHEWS, PAUL D (GBR)
    Runner No.: 12024
    Club
    Age group M30
    TIMES
    10 km 0:58:45
    20 km 1:54:09
    half 1:59:47
    30 km 2:47:37
    40 km 3:41:38
    finish 3:53:41
    TOTAL
    Position (overall) 7732
    Position (gender) 6538
    Position (age group) 1215
    Finish time 3:53:41

    Took 2 minutes off my previous best time!
     
  2. Mylo

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    well done sir :smashin:
     
  3. darren_eaf

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    Congrats from me too :clap:
     
  4. EricHitchmo

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    Cheers, but I've probably lost the ability to walk for 2 days :rolleyes: I recommend it to everyone:thumbsup:
     
  5. Singh400

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    Holy crap man! Well done :smashin:
     
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    thats amazing! i find it hard to walk around london for a day! let alone run 24 miles!

    :smashin:
     
  7. DanH

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    Amazing, well done! :clap:
     
  8. EricHitchmo

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    26 miles, 385 yards. :suicide: I wonder if there any fatalities? Saw many people unconsious by the side of the road and several ambulances :eek:

    Gonna buy myself a Les Paul standard guitar and Marshall amp to celebrate :)
     
  9. IronGiant

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    You paced yourself well. well done !!!
     
  10. Girthvader

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    Well done mate......:smashin:
    Don't think I could manage to run for 26 minutes,let alone 26 miles.:rotfl:
     
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    Well done mate. :smashin:

    I haven't got the stamina to watch it for 4 hours, never mind taking part.:rolleyes:
     
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  13. EricHitchmo

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    Damn. Same guitar used by Randy Rhoads (my current fave). Pretty impressive gesture by the Edge though! Having said that he could buy a better guitar for £2k tommorow if he needed to.
     
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    The solos on the Ozzy tribute to randy Rhodes albums are something else.
     
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    You ran over 24 miles in under 4 hours :eek: :thumbsup:

    Haven't you heard of taxis ;)
     
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    I expect you to beat the Kenyan guy's time next year mr matthews :D
     
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    Through the centre of London it would take longer in a taxi. :D
     
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    Well done. I salute you.:hiya:
     
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    An amazing accomplishment, I consider myself pretty fit but the thought of a marathon scares me.
     
  20. EricHitchmo

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    Nice. I'm, really feeling this album and his 2 studio efforts with ozzy. Put Tribute on when came home and played it loud.
     
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    i managed the nike 10k and the great northern run last year and they both nearly killed me, so i know how hard you must have worked to achieve it!

    my upmost admiration and congratulations to you!!!!

    hopefully i'll see you on the course next year!


    RD
     
  22. Greg Hook

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    Congrats to the OP and anyone else on the forums who did the Marathon.

    I WILL do this one day.
     
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    Congratulations and my respect to the OP and all who ran today

    I chose to lie on the grass all day in sunny London today. Can't imagine what it felt to run a marathon today!
     
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    Found the "fun costumes"

    Can dogs run that much in 7 days? :blush:
     
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    Just seen on Yahoo that a 22 year old died in hospital this morning after completing the Marathon. :eek:

    I heard it was very hot, but sad to see someone die after completing an event like that.
     
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    Well done. A much braver man than me.

    Mmmmm .... nice :smashin:
     
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  28. EricHitchmo

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    After the sad death it goes to show the level of preparation required for this event. The number of casualties/600 people dropping out is most likely due to poor fitness and/or preparation. I did not overheat as I kept chucking water down my shirt. It was obvious enough those not fit due to people walking from 4 miles :eek:
     
  29. WelshBluebird

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    Well done.
    Something I'm very unlikely to do lol.
     
  30. EricHitchmo

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    Found this post on the realbuzz forum from a fellow runner:

    Well here we go.
    My story of sheer torture yesterday.
    Pen 6, Runningactor and Murphster, all of us feeling really god and feeling fit.
    Started off well and 9min/mile pace, very comforatble and totally on track for a sub 4 hour marathon.
    But by 7/8 miles I was finding it hard keeping up with these guys, even though all my training has been on 9 min miles and at times faster.
    There is nothing worse that seeing your team mates moving away in front of you and seeing them look back to try and give you encouragement, but your legs just dont respond.
    At 8 miles for gods sakes!
    At 10 I noticed my pace had gone and loads of people were passing me.
    At 10.5 both legs, calves and thighs cramped viciously. Vitually poleaxed me.
    That was it, tore off the timing band and hung onto a barrier whilst my distorted calf bulged rock hard.
    From there I walked to 14 where I saw my wife and tried to run. Went 100 yards and cramped up again.
    Same when I saw my parents 1/2 mile later.
    Walked the next 6 miles and saw what can only be described as scenes at the A&E, people in the gutter on drips and coming out of Docklands, more people walking than there were running. Met a guy from Wales who I walked with and enede up massaging his cramped legs for him until I had to leave him when his groin went as well, poor lad. He was vitually stationary.
    Tried with all my might to run, but could only do short 200 yards before cramping up again.
    Saw MarathonMan at one stage, dont know where, he picked up and went, good lad.
    Passed my parents and wife again at 22 running/stumbling, but as soon as they were out of sight I had to walk, but at least they saw me running.
    By the time I was on the embankment, I was in so puch pain, both my feet had now blistered up, and my calves had gone, thighs going and hamstrings were pulling, I couldnt hear the crowd anymore.
    The tunrn and stumble up the Mall was completely devoid of any feeling whatsoever.
    Crossing the finish line was just sheer relief that it was all over.
    Got my medal and took it off straight away and put it in my goody bag.

    Got to Trafalgar Sq to meet my family and my body switched off, blood pressure dropped and I nearly passed out, vomited and felt totally spent.
    Took over an hour in the hotel room to stabilise enough to walk to the train station to go home.
    Why did it all go wrong so quickly?

    I did it for the sponsors, but it feels like a personal failure and will do for some time.
     

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