UPDATE: Gary's Marathon experience.
A week before the marathon I started to feel slightly nervous, I think this was more to do with the unknown, things like getting my running pack and number, getting hold of Tim's number as Tim had stepped in at the last minute as my support runner.
Luckily enough I was staying in London for work on the Tuesday night and, as the Expo opened on Wednesday, it meant I could go and collect my running number. At this stage I was feeling excited but also nervous, there were a lot of other runners collecting their marathon packs. It was at this point it really started to hit home that I was going to be running the marathon on Sunday. I needed to pinch myself as I couldn't really believe it was happening. I think I was strolling around the Expo with the biggest grin on my face, I didn't really take in the stalls etc I was just floating with excitement.
On Friday the whole family travelled to London, this was hectic as I needed to make sure I had all my running back packs and equipment, my medical nutrition and medicine for the full weekend etc as there would be no turning back once in London. On Saturday I was just hoping to just relax and take the family shopping and sightseeing as they have never been to the capital.
Nutricia had mentioned there may be a bit of publicity but I couldn't believe it, the family and I were in Harrods when the Mail on Sunday phoned wanting to do an interview and take some photos of Tim and myself in our running gear. I hadn't met Tim at this point but as soon as I did he was such a nice guy; it was almost like we had known each other for years.
After the photo-shoot we changed and went for something to eat, well Tim and my family ate! We chatted about what we had overcome as a family in the build up to the marathon, as well as practicalities for the race, the location of the bag swaps etc. I explained how I had planned all this on paper, if it would all come together on the day would be another story.