Anna triumphs in London Marathon 2015
Every year the London Marathon attracts thousands of runners but this year saw a whopping 38,000 people taking part, making it the biggest in the event’s 35-year history.
This fantastic annual event saw fund raisers, amateur runners and elite athletes tackle the 26.2 mile (42.2km) course, starting from Blackheath and ending at St James Park.
And amongst celebrities such as Formula 1 star Jenson Button and Radio 1 DJ Greg James was our own Danilo Sales Office Manager Anna Brown!
We caught up with Anna after she successfully completed the course (in a very respectable 4 hours 48 minutes!) and asked her the following questions:
1) How are you feeling today, both physically and emotionally, now that you’ve completed the Marathon?
Physically I’m feeling knackered! Unfortunately a recent foot injury took its toll so walking isn’t a good look for me today! Emotionally I feel very proud, elated and relieved. Proud mostly, of what I achieved but also because of everyone’s generosity and support. It’s really quite overwhelming.
2) How does it feel to raise over £2000 for the British Heart Foundation?
It feels fantastic! I had been more concerned about that than the run itself at one stage. But people’s generosity has been absolutely beyond expectation. It’s lovely to have so many fabulous and supportive people in my life. Am very proud and grateful to all who helped me smash my 2k target. The British Heart Foundation has a lot of meaning for me so delighted to have raised so much for such a great cause.
3) What was the atmosphere like when you were running?
The atmosphere was absolutely buzzing! Support lined the entire route. Highlights were people pumping music from their balconies, drums echoing through the underground and the brass bands. The Tower Bridge section was phenomenal as we received so many cheers and seeing my friend’s faces in the crowds at 3 points during the run were lovely.
4) What helped motivate you to keep going for all 26.2 miles of the course?
My motivation mostly came from thinking about what I was doing it for. Seeing all sorts of folk from all walks of life, all shapes and sizes, some in mad costumes….and all of them have a story and are running this ridiculous distance for their own personal reasons. At one point someone held up a banner saying “Pain is temporary, 26.2 miles is forever” and things like that really hit home. On the other hand, someone else held up a banner saying “Pain now, Beer later” and that also resonated 🙂
5) Would you do it again?
YES!! Injury meant I didn’t get to do it in my target time so will definitely do it again. Would love to do the New York Marathon, it’s on the to do list, but really don’t want to see my trainers for a little while right now!
We want to wish Anna and all the other brave Marathon runners a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS from the Danilo team!