Owen gets a PB in the London Marathon!
Owen has run a new personal best time of 3 hours and 14 minutes for the marathon, finishing 2388th out of 35,000 which places him in the top 6.8%
At 9.45am and with near perfect conditions, Owen set off on his journey around London. Owen said, ‘the weather was a welcome contrast to last years heatwave and the rain which came at mile 14 was really refreshing’.
Owen had set himself a tough but realistic target of going under the golden 3 hour barrier.
‘My plan was to run a slow first half then finish strong towards the end’.
‘I was looking good for 3.02 through mile 19 but at mile 20 I hit the dreaded wall’
Hitting the wall happens when your body runs out of carbohydrates. It is not a pleasant feeling and your pace will slow dramatically.
‘I was running sub 7 minute miles but by mile 21 had already slipped to 7.21’
‘Once you’ve gone its a question of holding on and doing the best you can to get over the finish line!’
‘At this point the crowds seem to help you along with their endless cheering, I really cannot thank them enough’
Owen made it to the end and still managed to get a personal best, beating his previous New York Marathon time by 9 minutes!
Owen would like to thank everyone for their support and donations. I managed to raise £1820 in total for Action Medical Research.
Thanks to Veronica and Warren Bailey, ZipVit Ltd
Special thanks to Andrew Ingles and Susan Barber who were with me almost every step of the way!
Action shots by Andrew Ingles