I am delighted to say I completed the London Marathon in 4 hours 19 minutes.
There are no words to describe the emotions I felt on crossing the finish line. I can honestly say running the London Marathon was one of the best experiences of my life and if you’ve ever been tempted to put your name into the ballot, you should definitely do it for next year.
But.....it was tough. I am positive that starting training less than 10 weeks ago until marathon day is not to be recommended. However, the support I received in advance and throughout the route was incredible – and to see friends, family, neighbours, Tooting folk and even strangers cheering me on gave me the motivation I needed to push through when my left knee, my thighs and my brain were screaming at me to stop. To those who sent supportive messages and tweets, and especially those who came to cheer me on (there were some great #YesWeKhan banners!) THANK YOU!
The last ten weeks have been a real adventure and I have been truly humbled by the number of people that have supported me and helped me smash my initial fundraising target of £2,620 (£100 per mile). From local businesses like Royal India, Pearl Chemist, and the Sweet Life to friends at Tooting Gymnastics Club and the Balham and Tooting Community Association, thanks to you I have now raised over £18,500 for the fantastic Dispossessed Fund, which works to tackle poverty and inequality in Tooting and across London. And there is still time to add your support, just click here.
You can see some of the highlights of the last 10 weeks by clicking here and read a piece the Wandsworth Guardian has written this week about my brilliant (yet painful) London Marathon experience here.
That’s all from me aside from wishing you all the best for the upcoming Easter weekend. I hope you have a chance to relax and enjoy some time with friends and family.