Well as race day got closer I started to dread the race and at one stage I even considered pulling out because I've been having tummy issues but I didn't want to let myself or my sponsors down - it was important to me to do this.
Mo Farrah gave some excellent advice at the start "Don't go off too hard, pace yourself and save something for the finish" I was glad I was wearing my HRM to slow me down a bit and I thought right I'll do that then.
First few miles were ok I was just moving just a little bit quicker than walking pace and probably walked most of the hills. I did stop off a couple of times on the way to use the loos but I managed to resist the temptation to call into MacDonalds for a Big Mac.
About 8 miles I was feeling tired and my thighs were aching I did consider throwing in the towel but I knew my host was waiting about 10 miles to take some photos and as I'd promised the St Ann's fundraiser I would get some shots........
In the last 3 miles I started to get my second wind I knew I was going to finish and just kept battling on it reminded me a bit of the battle with cancer. I tried to run the last mile at a ploddy pace but I was determined to sprint over the finish. As soon as Batman and Robin sped past me I thought I'm not having that and chased after them.
It was all over then and I was hugely relieved. I finished in 3:48:51 an hour slower than my previous time but it felt just as good. Got some great photos curtesy of Mick Durion although I hate the way my body looks now my tummy always looks swollen :(.