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I ran the London Marathon on 22 April 2001. This is my second marathon. I took this opportunity to raise some money for the "Imperial Cancer Research Fund" and make my effort worthwhile.
The race day was a wonderful day, where I finished the London Marathon in 4 hours and 13 minutes (4:13:23). However, it took me over 12 minutes to get to the start line because of the large number of runners, so my official time is 4:26:06. There were 32,000 runner and about 500,000 spectators. It was a wonderful atmosphere like a big party with many Pubs on the way having live music bands. It was great just to be there and I highly recommend it for everybody, even if you think you can not run the marathon because the crowd cheers will carry you all the way.
Many people sponsored me from inside and outside the University including people from abroad such as Spain and Canada. I even received some sponsorship money in Belgian Francs, which was tricky to convert to British Pounds. It was a nice surprise to find out the I managed to raise a total of £1200, with the total number of people who sponsored me is 130.
Here are two photos, crossing the finish line and my official certificate from the London Marathon.
Here is my photo in the Watford 1/2 Marathon (4th Feb. 2000), which was a preparation for the big day.
Last update 13/01/2004
Haitham Cruickshank (H.Cruickshank@ee.surrey.ac.uk)