“I completed the London marathon in 3 hours 45 mins and 9 seconds, which is just outside the ‘Good for Age’ category. I knew it would be a tough race with the hot weather forecast and I had battled with a knee injury in the weeks leading up to the big day.
“I set out fast with my first km at a pace of 4:30 per km – a bit too quick – but the crowds were ecstatic and with the nerves and excitement of the 26.2 miles ahead I couldn’t help myself. However, 10 miles in I started to struggle in the heat, and knew my target of 3 hours 30 mins was going to be a tough ask. At this point I relied upon my family, friends and all the crowds of London to get me around the course. With a special cheer from my friends at Bermondsey, who were holding a sign cheering ‘Sophia’s on fire!’, I managed to get to the halfway point at Tower Bridge!
“From that point on I started to feel more relaxed and able to enjoy the atmosphere #SpiritofLondon. I felt lucky to be a competitor in one of the best marathons in the world and the final mile along the Mall was the highlight, making all the weeks of tough training in the rain and snow worth it.
“Finally, I would like to thank all those who have donated to my just giving page but more importantly to Grantham AC for introducing me to competitive running 10 years ago and for giving me the place in the London Marathon.”
Congratulations to Sophia on an excellent result in sweltering conditions!