Paul Walters runs the London Marathon

Report from Tuesday 27th November 2007

In again

I was pleased with my Great North Run effort this year, finishing in a time of 1:37:04, and I took it fairly easy for a lot of the race, so really enjoyed my time to boot. A good weekend. I flew up and back too this year, which in some ways made travel much simpler.

I ran the Great South Run this year with my wife Sarah, who had been in training to run the 10 mile race for some months. Although the day was windy and wet, she still managed to beat her 2 hour target to finish in a time of 1:57:48.

I also ran the Brighton 10K on Sunday 18th November, and finished in a time of 41:01, which I was a little disappointed with, but the windy conditions were not ideal. It wa also quite cold, but fortunately it did not rain, even though heavy rain was forecast.

I am now going to be building fitness up to the Wokingham Half Marathon on Sunday February 10th, and hope to finish in under 90 minutes, just like I did last year.

The best bit of news is that although I did not get a place in the general London Marathon ballot this year, I have been successful in the ballot for people who bequeth the entrance money who are unsuccessful in the general ballot, so I have a place for the London Marathon next April.

I'm really pleased with this bit of news. It means that I will not have the pressure of collecting 1,500 for a charity this year, but I will still collect, and hopefully raise over 1,000.

Best wishes,


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