All about London

Posted on: 08 Apr 2014

There will be many experiencing the pre marathon doubts, sleepless nights, distracted toughts and general excitement and aprehension aproaching the Big One this weekend. This is normal, it's to be expected, the race means so much to you and you've worked so hard to be there, you want it all to go to plan. Fifteen or more of the Realbuzz family will be out there on Sunday and it will be another magical day for you, you families and those of us supporting you every step of the way.

I have looked back over the blogs from past London marathons and compiled a selection of reports most of which were written in the days following the marathon ( sorry if I've missed anyone out ). Some are raw and painful to read but they all contain elements of the deep emotion and euphoria that all who finish the London Marathon will experience. These accounts are not meant to scare or worry you, they are to lift and inspire you, to give you a real flavour of what lies ahead. It will be your reports that we will be reading this time next week.

Stay calm, try to banish the doubts and encourage belief. Run with your heart and your head, plot your race , run to your strengths and with courage.You will get there.

However your Marathon turns out as these reports so clearly show it will be a day that will live with you forever.

Run well and finish happy.



The last 2 or 3 miles were a bit of a blur as I was so tired.  But I knew I was going to do it.  I just kept thinking positive thoughts and willing myself to keep going.  A lot of motivation came from how amazing and supportive people have been.

That finish line was the best sight I think I've ever seen but I regret that I was a bit too tired to really soak up the moment!  The second most emotional moment of the day was having the medal put round my neck.  I don't think I even managed to utter the words "thank you" to the lovely lady but I know that the look on my face would have said it all as I was welling up (again!)

I am so pleased with myself for having the mental strength to achieve something that I didn't know was possible. 

Another thing that touched me yesterday was all the moments of human spirit and kindness that I witnessed or experienced. 


Tania T

Mile 21,22,23 the tunnel where it went quiet no crowds, just feet hitting the road and that last balloon with the message PAIN IS TEMPORARY is etched on my mind now forever.  I dug deep and ran my heart out to mile 24.5 where I saw my baby girl on Nathan's shoulders and son stood proudly at his side and ran at them waving and shrieking like a crazy lady! Big kisses of each of them and then My dad shouted "don't stop darling keep going". so off I went and I ran with every ounce of energy I had left to that finish line, and even managed a sprint up the mall with the biggest grin on my face!

Jim Gloshawk

Then came that underpass.  Again, one I'd read about.  "Three miles and you are part of history", it said.  You enter it, and it's all quiet, just the slapping of feet on the road, as there are no spectators.  You come out of it and, well - if you're reading this and you have run the marathon, you'll know that special feeling.  If you haven't running it, well (Jack Nicholson, A Few Good Men), "you're letting one of life's great pleasures pass you by."  Quite astounding.


Red Dave

As we came back into the sunlight of the embankment and all those screaming people, I forgot my pain. I knew I only had a few miles to go, I was so pleased I had come and walked this part of the course a few weeks back, the familiarity was comforting, and the constant encouragement of the crowds drove me on. I finished the last couple of miles in under 10 min pace which felt like a sprint! I was determined to break the 4.30 time and did it by 4 mins. Tears welled up, I felt stunned. I could hardly walk BUT I HAD DONE IT!


The marathon is a tough race in that you have to run to the point of exhaustion, and when you've reached that point you still have a few miles to run!


So what to say? Beautiful stunning  day in London.  Strangley at 20 miles realised that I could do this, my pace came back and I ran a steady last 6 miles. Although I have to say the last 600 metre count down was the longest 600 metres of my life.

Finished in 4 hours 44. Dream of running the London Marathon finally realised.


The Bandit

The first blip was at kilometre 37.  You can see the spike in the splits.  I was sick everywhere!  This always happens to me at some point.  I wish I knew why.  On this occasion it was right in front of one the charity sections, McMillan Cancer I think.  I whole apologise to those who witnessed it and I am greatly thankful to the lady who gave me a bottle of water and the cheer they gave me when I carried on.

Better out than in, I got back to pace.  Had a couple more blips at kilometre 40 and 41 but pulled myself together to finish nicely.  My family were again at the 800m to go sign.  No stopping this time as sub 3hrs 30 was on.  My sister screamed “GO ON!” in a quite unlady-like fashion which frankly scared the bejesus out of me and by the look on his face the man standing next to her.  You can’t not kick for home after that.

Official chip time 3hrs 27mins 59 seconds.  Thank you very much, good night.  I’ll take that.  I honest don’t think I could have done it better.  For me basically the perfect race based on my fitness levels and ability.


Rob Barber

I walked the tunnel, stretched a little, trying desperately to breathe life back into muscles that had gone beyond their limits.


The crowd were brilliant, they wouldn't let me keep on walking as I emerged once more into the sunshine, mind you, I had every intention of running it in, however slowly, to the finish. They could see my hurt, and they got really involved with trying to lift me, to spur me on and carry me to the finish.

They did it ! 

Clock was ticking on towards 3:40. Chip time I now know was:3.37.17

Blue Moose

Managed to get to the tunnel at the start of the Embankment where I reasses where I was and made the decision that I wasn't going to break 4 hours, I wasn't going to collapse, I wasn't going to throw up but I was definately going to complete this so I took the decision to have a walk break.Managed to exit the tunnel at  a slow run and seen my daughter and brother for the third time at about mile 24. Used the run walk method up until the 600 meters to go marker when all my aches & pains seemed to vanish and I sprinted (in my mind) to the finish (it felt as if it took 10 secs but it was probably closer to 10 minutes). The buzz,rush,emotions and emotion of it all were indescirbale.


Running along the embankment was lovely everyone was so friendly and positive the end was so near the lovely views of the red busses going over the bridge with the london eye in the back ground big ben ect 25 onwards felt like forever. i was digging deep but i couldnt help but need to stop few time but as soon as someone cheered me on i picked up again and they cheered more it was lovely. past the palace up the mall WOW i got so choked up here even tho i knew id do it i was still saying in my head omg im about to finish a marathon the finish didnt actually say FINISH LINE anywhere maybe i didnt see it but i was unsure was this really the finish the closer i got i realised yes this was it i waved frantically at the cameras and took the victory that medal being put round my neck was so overwhelming.


The last 7 to 8 miles I was a lot more relaxed despite still feeling rather dizzy and tense; I was enjoying being there even though running was still difficult.  Nothing would have prepared me for the noise, which I found quite distressing in places (especially when I was trying to recompose myself) and the amount of people stopping right in front of you.  At one point, between mile 24 and 25, I heard a shout "Mummy" and I knew it was one of my boys; I had to stop to find them as I wanted to show them I had heard them. They were on the other side of the road so we waved and they looked so happy to see me..this was what I needed for the last stretch.  By then, everything was hurting.

I reached the finish line in 5h19, so a lot slower than I had hoped for.  I was proud to have ran my first ever marathon but felt disappointed.  Disappointed by the way I had ran the race; I made many mistake and learnt a lot on Sunday.  


As the medal was placed around my neck I felt a great sense of pride at what I had just achieved. All the sacrifices, all the long hours running alone, all the cold winter mornings training had come down to this moment I had visualised for over 9 months. What a moment it was. I was a 'Marathon Runner”

I'll see you soon London............I haven't finished with you just yet......................


Berlin Bolt

Finished in 4.13 but it was never about the time, it was about getting the most from the day and thanking as many as possible for coming to see us all.

32 years of running, 13 Marathon's, a PB of 2.48 (long ago!) busting a gut and feeling exhausted, for me, this one was about taking a step back, with sensitive thoughts about those less lucky than us. I think we showed that yesterday - in buckets!

Hollywood Dave

I continued to put one step in front of the other,it had now become 5 mins walking 3 mins running but i was moving 'on a yard' kept filling my head but by now i was seeing the crowd blurry in my vision.i was trying to shake my head and clear my eyes but it was getting worse,headache was coming too and i was seeing lots of black shapes in front of my eyes! i was ready for this and it was not going to beat me so i ploughed on, 2 more proposals came down the embankment and i gave one of them a hollywood hug and a kiss and that spurred me on to try to run for half a mile,by now both thighs were ripped,left calf fine,right calf numb and shoulders and back very bad! never mind i saw big ben and turned right towards the finish! YES! i could see the 800 m to go sign! come on dave,come on pal you can do it,push it push it i kept telling myself and saw the picture of buckingham palace that i had been visualising for 5 months right in front of my eyes! ran all the way to the finish line and crossed it in 4 Hours 51minutes 41 Secs!! yes,yes,yes i had done it!! so so much pain now as i got my medal and then just by the photo area i collapsed!


I enjoyed it so much with highlights being running over London Bridge and the crowd noise through Canary Wharf. Although I wanted a good time the main thing for me was to finish having enjoyed it and i did and I shocked myself by finishing in 3 hours 34 minutes and 35 seconds!!! I quite literally cannot believe I achieved this. I am unbelievably proud and it is incredible having made my friends and family proud!!! My 90 year old gran is busily telling anyone who will listen that I was placed 9th overall and I hope my Grandad was watching (he would me so happy)!



As soon as I saw the Victoria monument and Buckinham palace I had no more left in me. I know people say that “when you think you’ve given your all you can give more”, I guess that’s true. As I cross the line I was so glad this was over and job done. Basically from mile 19 to the end I can only remember looking to the ground most of the time…beaten to a pulp.

I will run. If I don’t get a ballot place I will run for charity. I will set up an account to save and raise money for a charity place - £2000. I will train and make running my life. I will not train on a treadmill ever, didn’t work. I will go out in all weather. I will train like it was the last thing I ever do. I will run like a machine. I will go back to London in 2014 and I will redeem myself…”onwards and upwards” ….”on a yard”….”on a yard”.

Thank you everyone, you are all fantastic guys. And I will remember this year as much as last year. You’ve been a big part of my history, a landmark to a treasured memory and I will be forever grateful.


I was getting very exhausted , but i still had a medal in my mind , at this stage i knew it was not going to be 4hrs , so i put 4.15min in my mind , god i really struggled from 21 mile to the last , but i arrived  to the finish line in 4hr 22 min , i just was happy to get back and get my medal and to go and meet brian again , so to be quite honest i am not sure why i never got the 4 hours , , but still i am over the moon to do it in 4 hrs 22 min , i wanted this london marathon and i got it , mmmm   lol lol lol lol god i can laugh now , you realbuzzers will always be my friend  ,s , i am so proud of you all.

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