World Majors completed
posted on April 16, 2014in the Blog Category
World Majors completed
Sunday 13th April saw me complete my quest to run the 6 World Marathon Majors. The journey has been an amazing roller coaster ride punctuated by events like the Boston bombings (over a year ago now), Hurricane Sandy not to mention numerous injury scares and visits to the treatment couch. Everybody told me that London would be amazing and it certainly lived up to expectations. The crowd support was truly unbelievable and when, in moments I was struggling the crowd started chanting “Tony, Tony, Tony” it was an incredible boost and got me going again. The day dawned with the runners nightmare, an unbroken blue sky and the sun beating down on us. It was going to be a hot one and that’s exactly what it turned out to be. The was so little shade on the course that we were constantly in the sunlight and I’ve got the sunburn to prove it! Inevitably the heat took its toll and the second half of the race was a real battle but the crowd pulled us all through. It really is quite inspiring running over Tower Bridge, around Westminster, past Buckingham Palace and the ultimate finish down the Mall (I would like to say sprint finish but it was more of a shuffle). Even though this was the slowest of my World Majors I was still very happy with a time of 3.32, finishing was much more important than the time on this occasion! I am now able to claim my World Marathon Majors 6 star certificate and become only the 15th person in the UK to do so and something that I am very proud of. More importantly, the journey has helped me raise many thousands of pounds for The Childrens Adventure Farm Trust www.caft.co.uk an amazing charity doing wonderful work with disadvantaged and underprivileged children across the North West. So what now? Having run almost 4,000 miles in training and racing over the last 2 ½ years and seen the sights of Boston, Berlin, Chicago, London, New York and Tokyo I think its time for a well earned rest and getting back to running because I want too rather than have to. I have a number of half marathons planned for later in the year and our fund raising efforts for CAFT will continue with an event planned for later in the year. I’ve really enjoyed the experience and Boston will forever be my most memorable of the 6. It truly is an iconic and inspirational marathon even with the traumatic aftermath of 2013. London is the most amazing of the 6 as far as the crowd support is concerned but each of the 6 has its own unique place on the running calendar. Its not too late to support the fund raising effort and donations are still being accepted atwww.justgiving.com/tonycollier4caft I would particularly like to thank everyone who has sponsored me. Your support has been a real inspiration for me, dragging me through the dark days of training and keeping me going when I really didn’t want to. Thank you so much!