Virgin London Marathon Part 11

The quiz was a great success!

We raised around £340 pounds each for Sparks and Tommys and everyone had a great time.  Many thanks to the following:

  • Francesco for the Risto Italian Lunch for two
  • Natalye-Marrie Boyce for the 30 Min Facial Treatment
  • Taylor for the Nandos Chicken Platter for two
  • Odeon team Beckenham for the two Odeon cinema ticket vouchers
  • Lucas for the  Zizzis meal for two voucher
  • Tian and Gill for the Sunday afternoon tea for two at Nineteen Fourteas
  • Cairalee Hopwood for the outstanding paintings
  • Colin for his donation of labour to paint a room!
  • Everyone who contributed other prizes, joined in bid on items and had fun

Tom Jones and myself as the Quizmasters with the Quizzified teams

still a niggle

Earlier that day I had another niggle on a very short run, so I went and got a deep tissue massage on my calf.  Very painful and had me doubting that I would reach the start line.  Which frankly speaking is an emotional rollercoaster to be on.  One hour I was feeling I was going to make it, the next a twinge would happen and theres me thinking (rationally) that if I couldn’t run a mile on Saturday then how will I run 26.2 on the following weekend.

However I saw the physio on Thursday and the calf seems to have been sorted by the deep tissue massage. I now have some KT tape the physio gave me as a kind of placebo, it distracts from any discomfort there, and he gave me the advice to not think about it, watch a film, go to the cinema, read a book, argue with the wife even but dont think about the calf.

So I was back on

Huzzah! The next stop is the Marathon Expo at the London ExCeL center.

This is where you get your timing chip, marathon number and all the freebies you can find, frankly I had a mini carb up session with all of the oaty bars they had on offer.  I don’t like oaty bars but who can turn down a freebie?   But the concentrated beetroot juice is a bit of a slap in the face!

this is where you pick up your numbers

this is where you pick up your numbers

what is this... it looks like a fini... ahhh I see what they did there :D

what is this… it looks like a fini… ahhh I see what they did there 😀


they even had a DJ there!

they even had a DJ there!

anyway the expo was larrrge, and following the well known advice of  “try nothing new on marathon day” I was tempted by everything but purchased nothing, although there was a fantastic pair of pants for sale, it was just too risky …..   Now I have lots of little things to try out.  The expo would have been better earlier so people could try stuff out before the big day….

Until the end my friend

Well adios to you this is my last blog until I have done this run.  My running number is 47735 if you wish to track me, and no I am not going for any time in particular due to my recently healed calf strain.  280 miles of training is about to be tested! I have a number of caffeinated viper gels and a plan of hitting the lucozade drinks stations. I would probably try a lucozade gel if I had to (I have tried them before) but they are a bit thick…

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