How did that experience compare to running the real thing?
It was interesting – obviously you don’t get thousands of people cheering your name, but instead you see people you know. I know a lot of people in London – I organise a fitness community there and had founded The London Relay, which broke the world record for longest continuous running relay and raised £50,000 for charity – so people recognised me in my London Pride vest. I’d be running over a bridge and people would be driving by flashing their lights or stopping to say hello. Those moments became more special because they weren’t happening all the time, so when they did happen, they just gave me so much energy. It was a lovely surprise!
What have you learned over the course of your marathon-running journey?
I’m 41 now, so I tell others who are the same age, or people who are 39 and worried about turning 40, that it doesn’t all end there – it can actually get better! I ran for London Pride in 2019 and broke my personal best as a 40-year-old. Then I did another personal best of 3:04 in 2020.
In fact, you can replace age with anything – when we put our running shorts and trainers on, we’re all equal. People cheer you on in the Virgin Money London Marathon no matter who you are or what you are. What a beautiful example that is to the rest of the world.
Do you have any advice for participants on Marathon Day?
Above all, enjoy it. It’s great to have goals to aim for if you want, but if you’re not an elite athlete and you’re not pushing for two hours, your time doesn’t have much relevance. No one else is judging you. Just make sure you’re smiling at the end.
Of course, I’d have to add how amazing it is to finish your run and have someone hand you a London Pride – because last year’s marathon was virtual that was able to happen. It doesn’t get much better than that for me! So make sure you have a treat waiting for you at the end of your marathon too.
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