First half fun, second half hard, heat harsh, crowds great
|Nearly there: Tom in The Mall
'It was sort of fun. The first half was like a good day out seeing your mates and being at a carnival. The real business started at 16 miles when the pain kicked in. I did 3.00.09 which is a bit gutting as it’s so close to starting with a 2 but it was a pb and it was v hot. Anyway yeh it was a great event. Crowds amazing and almost packed end to end of the marathon route. I think I will be hobbling for a week!'
Tina Pugh said:
'The heat was a real killer! I started off ok but my pace slowed by the halfway mark. By mile 14 I felt physically sick and didn’t think I would make it. But the support from the crowds was so amazing they really kept me going. The last two miles felt like a marathon in itself and never seemed to end. I didn’t do it in the time I wanted, but considering I was still recovering from a knee injury and ran the hottest ever London Marathon, coming in at isn’t too bad!'
|Nearly there: Tina in The Mall
Tina's charity is Tommy's, which funds research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth
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Tom's is the Parkinson's UK Charity
Another Greenwich runner was Oscar Macdonald who ran to raise money for the Greenwich Winter Night Shelter in east Greenwich where he is a volunteer. He has raised over £3k so far for this organisation which provides overnight shelter and hot meals for homeless guests, and relies on volunteers and donations. https://uk.virginmoneygiving.