On Sunday 12,000 runners took to the streets of Trafford for the 2015 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon. It was such an incredible day, the atmosphere was contagious and all the marshals and supporters did a brilliant job cheering everyone one.
On the day, we were up bright and early to fuel up and head down to Trafford to the start line at White City. I waved Sarah off at the start line, then watched as the elite runners came back down Chester Road. I was absolutely amazed by how fast they ran! I then took the tram (along with a lot of other people!) down to Altrincham, to wait at the half way point. I spent some time cheering on the runners as they went through 13.1 miles, and then our own mini support crew of husband and children arrived just in time to see the relay hand over. I ran with Sarah at her sprint finish; she got round in 2 hours 26 minutes!
And then it was my turn! The first 10 miles felt good, no problems with the injury that had been bothering me all week, which was a relief. The last three miles were hard going, but I was cheered on by the fundraising team at mile 24 (my mile 11), and again at just after mile 25 (my mile 12). The last half mile was the toughest of my life, supports and marshals lined the road to shout encouragement and I was very glad to have put my name on my vest! Rounding the corner on to Sir Matt Busby Way I saw my family waiting with the crowds to cheer me on, and mustered up a sprint to the finish line. I finished at 2 hours 27 minutes and 36 seconds, so a minute and half slower than my older sister, but we declared it a draw. Our joint time came in at 4 hours 53 minutes 38 seconds.
We all met up in the race village afterwards, with our (huge) medals.
I want to thank everyone who supported us with our fundraising, including offline donations, we have raised over £500 to support carers in Trafford. Our JustGiving page is still taking donations, and if you have been inspired to take on a sporting challenge, please have a look at our fundraising page for information on the different types of events and how we can support you.