Sun. 21 Apr: They came, they ran, they conquered!
With five minutes left on the 21st of April 2013, I feel I’m just in the knick of time to debrief on what was an incredible day. Team Inspired Adventures Virgin London Marathon 2013 were up bright and early at 7am prepped and ready to hop on an 8am bus to the start line, where there would be no escape! The sun was shining, the sky was bluer than blue, and spirits were high. ”We’ve come this far, may as well run the bloody thing,” Anita told us. Some brilliant wisdom as the day began to unfold.
At 9:45am the starting horn sounded and the runners were away! I was leading up the cheer squad, which was perched excitedly just before the 12-mile marker with flags, blow horns, and inflatable hands that were all the rage with the 36,000 runners. All of our “kit” was, of course, emblazoned with the Australian flag.
Our runners zoomed past us one at time. The first person we were able to catch a glimpse of was Udit, who was on fire in the first half. After him came Carlo who was in such a zone, he ran right past us and told everyone over dinner that he didn’t even realize it was his wife and the cheer squad!
They were followed by Michael, who became the Inspired Adventures all-time greatest fundraiser, topping $50,000 while running in memory of his wife for Leukemia Foundation. After Michael we saw Melissa and Martelle but somehow missed Anita and Lorraine. They may have been hidden behind the giant fire hydrant, rhino costume, or gingerbread man!
The whole team regrouped this evening for a celebratory drink and dinner. They recounted war stories before dozing off at the table around 8pm. A classy bunch! It was a day like no other and writing as someone who ran the London Marathon in 2012, this is an event that certainly tops the list of life experiences.
So, what are you waiting for? Isn’t it time to sign up for team 2014?
Fri. 19 Apr: Getting ready to run!
Our 2013 London Marathon team have arrived and are resting up and preparing themselves for the big race on Sunday. Here’s a weather update from the organisers:
Inspired Adventures and the 2013 Virgin London Marathon
This year, we are proud to have 12 runners in the Virgin London Marathon. They are representing Cure Cancer Australia Foundation,the Leukaemia Foundation and Variety, the Children’s Charity. Collectively our 12 runners have raised $165,000 for these great charities.
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The London Marathon starts at 9:30am on Sunday 21 April 2013 (London time). Inspired Adventures will be tweeting updates from around 6pm on Sunday evening (Sydney time). Join us online using the following Twitter handles/hashtags:
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