Sarah and Joe's Brighton Marathon 2011

Back home in Manchester now after my adventure in Brighton,and I did think of it as an adventure. A lot

hillier than I expected but so much to do.Brighton rocks!Gorgeous view of the sea and the pier from our hotel

and I got to see a fair bit of the place on my run. Fantastic to meet Joe at last and her lovely other half and

sweet daughter. We all spent a wonderful evening together. Thank you very much to Joe and Starfish for the

most beautiful t-shirt ever I wore it with pride and it is rather salty now but I shall wash it gently and put it

in my treasure trove. Well I did it, I completed a marathon and although it didn't go exactly according to

plan I am very happy to have done this. I thoroughly enjoyed the run,the atmos was terrific as it always is at

these events I was doing brilliantly, I was running well and was making good time for the first half, 13 miles.

Then at mile 15 developed pain in the back of my left leg,this got progressively worse throughout both of my

legs with the odd twinge of cramp. I knew what it was straight away, salt depletion and I knew I would be

walking most of the rest of the way by mile 21 I couldn't run at all and my fingers had all swollen up so I

went to the nearby paramedics who gave me a couple of salty drinks then I was on my way again,keeping my

hands in the air as advised. I managed to run the last 50 metres over the finish line to lots of cheers. Got

unexpectedly emotional because after all my training, efforts etc I had hoped to do this in 4.5 hours not the

full 6.Britain has been in a heatwave this past week and I just cannot run in the sun, just as I struggle to

swim in warm water.All has to be cool-ish for me. However I did it and got my medal damn it! There were

some poor souls worse off than me. My fingers were normal size again by 8.30 ish after a meal. Thanks

our lovely hotel staff for putting on an early breakfast for us. Thanks to Joe and her family for coming along

to meet and support me. I hope your journey home was fine and didn't take too long. Thank you to everyone

who has sponsored and supported me, it really does mean alot to me and does make a difference. At mile 16

a lady with a tannoy stopped me and gave a shout out for Starfish So thats phase 1 complete, now for the

more important phase 2,collecting  sponsorship. So now I'm at the recovery and rebuilding of the body stage.

Lots of rest, fluids and sleep. You can  visit our Facebook page:!/pages/Sarah-and-Joes-Brighton-Marathon-April-2011/120777117978635


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   This year we raised a fabulous 400 euro’s! Thank you *so* much everyone! xxx

2.4.11. I have a sad update. Joe is unable to compete this year but will keep up her training and do it next year for Starfish. She has had continuous health problems and isn’t ready. I wish her all the luck in the world xxx











Sarah and Joe’s Brighton Marathon 2011