London Marathon ~ Thank You!
On Sunday, after months of training, I spent a few hours running around London with 36,000 other crazy people. The weather was glorious and there were 700,000 rowdy Londoners cheering us on. (One gem: “Go on Lukey – you’re all over this!”)
I managed to run the whole 26.2 freaking miles in 4 hours, 15 minutes and 26 seconds. From mile 21 to 26 all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball at the side of the road, cry, and be carried home. But somehow, and I really don’t know how, I didn’t a) cry, or b) walk, and instead managed to run all the way to one of the most beautiful sights of my life: the finish line. Bonus: I didn’t get bloody nipples or blisters, and I didn’t poo myself.
Massive big-ups to the St John Ambulance crew who volunteered their time to help out us runners during and after the race. They nursed me back to strength when I almost passed out and puked everywhere after crossing the finish line, and were very lovely. Thx, you guys!
But most of all, thanks to all of you who sponsored me so generously. I woke up on the morning of the marathon, after possibly the worst night’s sleep ever, to see that I’d hit my £2,000 fundraising target overnight! It was all the motivation I needed in the darker moments of the race, and I’m so pleased to be able to send this money along to further the fantastic work of Christian Aid.
My fundraising total currently stands at a whopping £2,070, but there’s still time to donate a few pounds if you’d like to here: http://justgiving.com/lukerunfield
P.S. Big thanks to my BFF Tom Price for the post-marathon photo. He takes all the best photos.