What was it like to be back running London Marathon?
Jack - This year was my 5th running of the London Marathon and let me tell you it was well worth the two and a half year wait! Year on year it’s best race I’ve ever competed in - lining up on the start line, the crowds cheering on Tower Bridge, the bands along the route, the landmarks, the competition, I could go on… it really is a magical experience!
Mark - Having not trained, no mileage, not ran more than 15 miles since March after as you know suffering badly from vaccine. God knows how, but a slow 9 min mile paid off I cruised along until mile 19 ish when my vision became disturbed, someone tried to pull me off the course but I insisted to carry on. Made finish line with a 3:17 run! Wheelchair at the line straight to majors seen by cardiologist Royal Brompton - my BP was extremely low… But the atmosphere was amazing having raced since March, got two medals too, London and Wanda GFA Championship medal.
What tips would you give for a first time runner taking on London Marathon next year?
Jack - Set yourself a realistic goal, train as well as you can, don’t start too fast and enjoy the day!
Mark - It’s 90% mental, the rest is in the head. I proved this once again on Sunday. Then forget the time and a PB, that is unneeded pressure, break the race down into chunks and enjoy it.
What did you use to fuel yourself during your race?
Jack - I drank one Maurten 320 the night before and the morning of. Then I had five Maurten GEL 100 during the race. I had one gel before the race at roughly 5, 10, 15 & 20 miles.
Mark - I used Clif Bloks and SaltStick.
What time did you finish in?
Jack - 02:44:45. Not my best but happy with it after my Bob Graham round in July and a summer of watersports.
Mark - 03:22:06.