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Our alarms were set for the crack of wotsit!! and we headed off to Luton Parkway Train Station to catch the 7am train to London.
On this journey we are joined by lots of runners who will be taking part and offers of seats are quite often declined. Standing for
30 minutes is nothing compared to running 26 and a bit miles.

We arrive and walk along the Thames to meet up with the Action For Children team who set up just past the 13 mile point and
help put up the banner, blow up balloons and then walk back to Tower Bridge and have breakfast. We then walk back to the
support position putting up direction signs so family members who have come to support runners for Action for Children can find
us.

The wheelchair participants are the first past us and the crowd give them a rousing cheer and are in awe of their bravery and
strength. The elite runners then appear and are gone in a flash, their speed over the ground is incredible.
Then the main field stream past us and we try and spot the
Action for Children runners so we can cheer and encourage
them along.

The ones who wear fancy dress are amazing as not only are
they running 26 miles they are also usually wearing
costumes that are hot and sometimes extremely heavy, all
to raise lots of money for their chosen charities. The
atmosphere when these runners pass is electric all the
crowd willing them on.

We usually do a three - four hour stint and then walk back to
St. Pancras stopping off for some food along the way and
return home inspired and tired in equal measures, looking
forward to next year's event.
London Marathon 2013
By Sue