It's so great to catch up with everyone but time is running out fast and we seem to forget that we best start queuing for the starting corrals...
With just a minute to go all the runners around me do the usual twitching, last moment tying laces, stretching and shaking legs. Myself included. It's quite entertaining to witness and I am sure we look like a serious case of OCD on camera!
After passing through Kemp Town then heading back along the seafront. Few water stops and 6 miles passed...
The groups even out and we have more room to settle into our stride.
One hour into the Marathon I take a SaltStick capsule.
Once at Ovingdean for the switchback I see Mark aka Robo, not far behind me, then wave to Trey and Scott.
Lucy's Mark is support on the road side here. Further along at 9 miles I can see and hear a group of Bosh supporters and Lee with big smiles...
Just by the roundabout and back along the sea road to the Marina again. I always enjoy this section to see many of the other runners coming towards me.
I am averaging at 6:35-6:50min/mile the moment and feeling strong in the legs still.
I look out for friends and bosh tops approaching me...
Stu, Matt, Dan, Helen E and Nuala, which is taken by complete surprise. Smiles and thumbs up, then Thomas, Marina, Keith and Tristan.
Grinning Sunday weaves out of the big crowd surrounding him and I run to the middle of the road to greet with a high five as we pass. He slaps my hand so hard leaving a sting to remember....
After passing Sussex Square and drinking some water, which I have to slow up my pace to drink, as it is big paper cups instead of plastic bottles.
I manage to spot Helen G who is hard to miss in her trademark pink stripey leg warmers, shouting out 'Hey Lukey!'
Once closer to the huge roaring crowds of support and volunteers near the Pier, I spot Kevin calling me, which I later remember should be running!
Passing the camera crew on the roundabout and then reaching halfway by the West Pier.
I follow the faster runners into Hove and then turning into Grand Avenue for Church Road. I can hear 'Go on Lukey Boy' being bellowed across the road and see it is Steve with Tina.
They have reached this part of the route so quickly!
Once along Church Road I spot mum and dad taking photos, but only by chance I looked in that direction...
After the very long leg towards Portslade then lap around to head back on ourselves again.
I am trying to keep my pace at 6:45min/mile or less where possible, but some miles are more difficult than others and my body goes in and out of feeling fatigued.
I take another salt capsule and sip on some olive oil around mile 17. Then have a chew on a jelly baby for the sugar lift.
I am not overly needing any fuel yet and just feel the heat from the constant sun and no shade...
I start to sip water at every next water station. Although this year the paper cups instead of plastic bottles are really slowing my pace down. It is impossible to take much water in unless coming to a walk or stop.
I wasn't initially looking at a time for this year, but as I am feeling strong still I figured I may as well keep racing to my best. The water cups are adding extra time already...
Slowly the group of runners becomes less and less with more gaps between us. I can see the bright orange pacers for the 3:00 time up ahead and slowly creep up meeting them. I stick with them to Hove lagoon then along the Basin Road towards the Shoreham power station.
Lots more supporters are dotted along this road than I remember and it is a much needed boost.
I can feel my legs starting to slow on me...
My average pace has gradually slowed to around 6:50-7:05min/mile and although I know my legs will take me, my body is feeling worn from the heat of the sun.
Surprisingly the legs and feet feel good with no cramping or soreness yet. I can still walk comfortable so that is a sign I am conditioned, even after the 50 miles from last weekend.
I am greeted and hugged by the wonderful Nik Bailey who is team leader at the finishing area. It is great to see a friendly face as I missed her at the expo.
Walking towards the bag collection, I catch up with Joyce. Sadly her knee gave out. Which is a shame, as she has been doing so well of late. Then we see Kevin, he too had an injury in his foot that stopped him today.
Great running from them both still, and especially after Kevin completed the South Downs last week.
Nobody likes to be injured and forced to have complete rest, but it can only make us stronger and sadly it comes with being a long distance runner...
I catch up with Trey who made an impressive 3:12 for his first Brighton. We chat to ultra runner David Ross, who amazingly still performed a 2:53 time with damage to his shoulder from a fall at a previous ultra event...
I eventually make my way around the long exit back onto the beach to get changed and have some nibbles until Sunday comes in to the finish.
The biggest negative of the day has to be the change to paper cups at the water stations, as this really slowed my pace and cost me those extra 33 seconds... easily. I am trying not to worry of the time as I had a great race considering the tough SDW50 of last week. The time really wasn't my goal today, to begin with that is.
Also waiting about 40 minutes to retrieve my drop back from the truck was a painful task, all the white and red numbers on this truck got mixed up and were not in order. Everyone was shouting out their number at once.
Lack of communication, I am not sure but it really is something that is not ideal to wait for after running all them miles.
I did feel sorry for other runners who were in discomfort and hot from the sun.
As usual Brighton has delivered today!
Fantastic support from everyone and all the volunteers involved to make this one marathon any Brightonian can be very proud of...
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