It was late summer 2018 when a conversation with Andy & Yvonne Fewster resulted in Andy inviting Kim and I to take part in his last ever road race, Brighton 10k which takes place in a festival of running including the Brighton Marathon. In a fit of enthusiasm all four of us signed up for the 10k and hotels were booked for an extended weekend on the south coast.
GFA – three little letters which, by proxy, suggest that anything less than this is a bit pants. When it comes to the marathon of course, nothing is ever really ‘a bit pants’ – regular runners can bluff their way through 10k’s and even half marathons, but there’s no blagging a marathon. Finishing one is a monumental effort of mind and body. Some follow training plans, some just whack up the mileage, but either way, the journey to the start line has always started months in advance, and has required dedication and sacrifice, whether that’s beers the night before a long run, a lay in on a weekend, or time with the family – no-one rocks up to a marathon and performs to their potential if they haven’t prepared themselves.