I was up at the crack of dawn today to get in place at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich to report from the London Marathon for BBC London 94.9. It was quite exciting having to get there before the streets were closed off and I was feeling nervous for all those runners as I prepped the show munching on my marmite and cheese toastie. My body, you see, is not a temple and I’ve never run a marathon before but I can only imagine how daunting it feels. All that pressure today on Mo Farah not least on the guy who carried a fridge on his back the whole way round. Like it’s not challenging enough.
I was in the privileged position of having a ring side seat to watch first the elite wheelchair race whiz past, followed by the elite women and then the elite men and EVERYONE else. 36,000 heroes thundered past. And that they did, as I was at the 6 mile mark where people were still glad they came. Tower Bridge may have told a different story.
Like everyone else I was on the look out for Mo Farah but also for my 2 new MP buddies Sadiq Khan and Ed Balls. Before you think I’m getting all political on you let me tell you that I met them whilst sitting in for Vanessa Feltz on BBC London 94.9 on Friday. They were on the show purely to discuss the marathon but they seemed to have a joint mission to pressure me in to signing up for it next year. Talking to them again this morning live on air ahead of the race they were like dogs with a bone. So relentless was the cajoling, coaxing and coercing that I heard myself agree to signing up for next year’s London Marathon.
I’m not sure it’s sunk in and I feel a little giddy at the thought of it but I have got 365 days to get used to the idea. If a little less to actually start training…. Any tips??