The kids were certainly looking gay and happy in the sunshine. I was going to take them on the race. "Ready steady go" and everyone zoomed off. I managed to at least jog across the field to the road. The friction, weight (30kg) and heat brought me down to a walk. In the distance I could already see the front man at the half way mark!
After 300m I began to wonder whether I should turn back but the stuborn bull in me said to continue. I continued to the 500m mark and again wondered perhaps I should pick up the kids. But well being a softy, the kids were having fun so I left them chatting and bumping into each other and giggling when passerbys looked at them strangely.
Finally a 1km marker. Woo hoo - 2 more to go.
The heat was bearing down on me and all I began to think about now was water. I wished that someone would come find me with a bottle of water. At 1.5km that wish came true as I finally saw a marshal who kindly offered me her bottle of water. Burning thighs coupled with drag from the Olympic kids had me going at a real snail pace. I struggled and stopped every so often. However seeing the Olympic Rings, I figured the road may look long but the spirit is strong and I will complete the event.
I mushed on and after 1:03:15 I staggered across the finish line and was snapped by the Hackney Gazette pushing towards the finish line.
It is exciting to have been part of this very special day. I hope more people are inspired to play sport and the surrounding communities are proud of the Olympics. Two2Go is helping to get more people involved in sport. Next up is event on the 11th September. I will be there with one of the twins taking part in the marathon. You can still sign up for events there. See Two2Go marathon
Maybe I will see you there. :o)
Thank you Liu Jie and Uncle Wayne for all your help on the day. You guys were brilliant . Also thank you to the Two2Go team for inviting me. Loved the hula hooping :o)
Link to BBC Vietnam for Olympics 2012