Chemflow are very proud to annouce that one of our directors, Colin, ran the London 2012 Marathon for Shooting Star Chase. Our company currently donates it's services free of charge to them as they are our chosen charity. Here is his story:
It looked like a great day for a marathon. Sun shining; not too hot, only the 26.2 miles ahead was putting a dampener on the day.There were so many people there as well as Rhinos, Lions, Bears, Pantomime Horses and even a Chinese dragon.
The starting line was round the corner in the distance so it took 35 minutes to get to it. Other runners from Shooting Star Chase, the charity I was running for. were all around me and all enjoying the atmosphere.
Once over the line I was still shuffling along for about the first ¾ of a mile or so. The crowd was huge even from the start; people were cheering my name as I went past, as my name was on my shirt. Kids were coming out and high fiving me.Other runners started talking to me and the miles passed by quickly. People in the crowds were giving out sweets and biscuits and one was even giving out Scotch eggs. By mile 12, I could see the Thames and Tower Bridge. This was my thought of what the London Marathon should be: running over Tower Bridge, with the crowds lining the pavements. Once round Canary wharf I knew I was on the home part of the event but now starting to tire. Getting desperate for the crowd to cheer me on, then I saw my daughter and the other Surrey Fit mob cheering me (Thanks gang). Nearly at the end now and I could see the finish line but when I get there it said 800 metres to go. Once at Buck Palace and round the statue the line is really there. I dug deep and sprinted for the line.
What a feeling crossing the line I had actually done it! What an amazing day!I can honestly say it is really hard but it is an experience everyone should do.
Thanks to Mark and Karen for helping me with the training and for making me believe I could it.
Colin Dipple: Director, Chemflow