November 2019

New York Marathon: Part 1

New York, New York. There’s SO much to say so I’ll aim to keep it as brief as I can (I can’t promise!). I was lucky enough and honoured to run with team Children with Cancer UK – so before I start I want to give a big shout out to the team!

The Expo

Having landed the night before my body clock was a little all over the place so I woke up bright and early at 5am…

Too lazy to get up and watch the rugby I had a lazy few hours in bed before getting up ready to meet the others and head to the expo. Knowing it was Saturday before the marathon I was expecting carnage so I made it my mission to get there for its opening. I met Mike (who I bumped into in the customer queue at the airport) and Susie and we reached the expo not long after 9am. Turns out it was perfect timing, no lines to get into the expo and straight to pick up numbers, t-shirts and buy kit/clothing that we didn’t need.

After that we headed through the expo and I have to say it was one of the best I’ve been to. It wasn’t overcrowded with stalls – just enough to keep you occupied – and the space was huge meaning you weren’t tripping over each other. We made the most of the photo ops before heading to the New Balance pizza pop-up for some lunch.

After some sightseeing we met up with the fabulous team from Children with Cancer UK.

Once we’d had some dinner – mac n cheese and fried chicken – it was time to head back to my hotel and get my kit ready and head down for an early night.

Marathon Morning

It was a good job I was asleep by 8pm because jet lag took over and I was wide awake at 3.50am. I tossed and turned for a while before my 5am alarm. Up, ready and I headed to the subway which would take me right downtown to Battery Park for the Staten Island Ferry at 6.15am. Waiting for the ferry I took the opportunity to use a proper toilet before we ended up in portaloo city. The ferry was an incredible experience (I’m SO glad I opted for the ferry), the skyline and passing the Statue of Liberty.

Once off the ferry it was a short bus ride to Fort Wandsworth.

Off the bus and security checked I found the blue start village; I had a few hours to kill here (arrived at 7.45am not running until 11am) but there was plenty to eat and people-watch. It was a little weird in the area and at times felt like a refuge for the homeless with everyone in old clothing, blankets and even dressing gowns!

Tea, bagels and banana eaten I found a spot and kept myself warm (in my £3 Primark jumper) until it was time to drop off my bag and make my way to the start corral.

Hat and tubular gifted by BUFF®

This is where it all seemed so real. I was running the New York City Marathon!!!!

To be continued …

Children with Cancer UK

It was a pleasure to run NYC for Children with Cancer UK.

Children with Cancer UK is the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer. Almost 4,500 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. Their aims are to determine the causes, find cures and provide care for children with cancer, ensuring more children are able to ring the bell at the end of their treatment.

If you’d like to support Children with Cancer UK you can donate via their website:

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