If you are following this blog you probably know that I ran my first marathon last Sunday. In fact, you might even have donated to the associated fundraising campaign. Well, I am happy to say that I finished the race in good form. It took me around 4 hours and 17 minutes - slightly slower than what I had hoped for but still pretty good considering that I had picked up an annoying knee injury during the last phase of the training and wasn't even sure I could finish the course under these circumstances. And not only did I complete the race honorably; as you can see from Bernd's finish line picture, I really had fun doing it!
I might post a more detailed race report later (not sure it would make a very interesting read for all but the hardiest athletes :-) but for now I just want to shout out a big "Thank you" to all my sponsors. By the time all the pledged donations including my own match have come in I will have raised over 700 GBP for the Guide Dogs for the Blind! (If the picture looks like I am strangling the poor guide dog it's because I was trying to keep her from licking the salt off my arms...)
BTW, running a marathon is one thing, but spotting a runner at the crowded finish line and taking a reasonable shot of her is a totally different ballgame. Well done, Bernd!