|At the Livability offices with Francesca and Ralph|
|Kevin and I at the Snetterton half marathon|
|Ben and I before the start|
|The Livability marathon runners 2019|
After the photoshoot we went to our starting area. Kevin and I went directly to the start pens and to zone 5 and we were the first ones there. Kevin wanted to make sure that there was a gap in front of us when we started so it would be easier for me. What many people don’t realise is that there is a lot of waiting around before the start of the marathon. We were at the start pen at 9:00 but passed the start line at 10:37. So we were hanging around at the start on our feet for over an hour and a half. My first mistake of the day was that I didn’t take anything to keep me warm until the start of the race. My fleece and tracksuit were now on a lorry after having to drop them at the bag drop. Other people had old clothes that they discarded just before the start.
|Kevin and I before the start|
|Kevin and I arriving at the Livability cheer point|
|Running down the Mall|
|Kevin and I just after finishing|
|Ben and I at the Livability reception|
Meeting up with everyone a short distance from the finish was lovely, there were hugs all round. I had achieved something that not many others do. There couldn’t have been many other diabetic, partially sighted, cognitively challenged stroke survivors running the marathon. After running for so long I could hardly stand up never mind walk. Somehow we managed to get to the Livability marathon reception and had some well earned food and drink. I missed lots of the people as they had already been and gone. The welcome there was as warm as it would have been if I had finished in 2 hours. It was great to catch up with the Livability team and to share marathon stories with them and the other runners that were there.
To finish I will finish with quoting from a card that Kevin sent me after the marathon. I had sent him a small gift and a thank you card. To me, he is a hero. This is what his card said: "The truth, however, is that you have no need to thank me because by running with you I received far more than I had to give. Every time we ran together, I was witness to the bravery and dedication required to fight back from a serious illness. To be in a team with you was truly inspirational"