Arrived in Paris a few days early to visit the sites and the running expo. I had been overwhelmed by the support and best of luck wishes from family, friends and running club training buddies so was now ready to give it my all.
On Sunday 7th April 2013 I attended the 37th edition of the Marathon De Paris and as one of the top ten marathons in the world was very fitting with this being my first marathon experience.
Overall, there was a record amount of participation and a record number of "finishers". 40,108 of us were at the start, and 38,690 of us were at the finish line. The 42.195km spanned across the beautiful city starting on Avenue des Champs-Élysées and finishing on Avenue Foch, near the Arc de Triomphe.
The crowd was amazing and managed to convert race grimaces into smiles. A Hedge End Running club training team mate had recommended that I try some ogy ogy ogy down a long tunnel which was very well received as I heard many runners joining in with me with plenty of oi oi oi’s. I even had time to enjoy some “high fiving” with kids in the crowds, a comfort break and to retie my shoe laces within this race.
Finish Time: 03 H 22'45''
Finisher Position: 4,376 out of 38,690 finishers
Category: VH1 (Male from 1964 to 1973)
Category Finish Position: 1,602
In summary as much as this distance is the ultimate running challenge, I highly recommend it to all level of runners as a must try at least once in a life time experience and who knows you could be tempted to do more!!
It was truly an awesome experience with many amazing memories.