By Julian Manser
I woke up early on morning of marathon after getting around four hours sleep, my lack of sleep was most probably due to anticipation and anxiousness of the day ahead.
The course of the marathon was mostly flat so overall was not too challenging apart from the long distance I was about to face. I set off at a steady pace soaking up the atmosphere and spurned on by the crowds. By the sixteen mile mark my legs started to feel like lead weights but I spurned myself on to finish the second part of the course and when I got one hundred metres from the finish I sprinted across the line, relieved I had completed my second marathon.
I beat my personal best by approximately nine minutes so overall am really chuffed. I am now looking forward to my next marathon in Snowdonia in October to enjoy more pain and aching joints.