Unofficial Marathon – The quest for the tin foil medal

It’s been a few weeks since the London Marathon, I’ve gone through the usual emotions that a runner does after a race that they’ve been training for. Pain and relief, they’re pretty instantaneous once the race is over. Thoughts of never again (not just exclusive to running). Then of course there is the feeling of lack of direction. With no race to aim for what’s the point in running?

Well my plan at the beginning of this year was to run The London Marathon, then 6 months later in October to once again run the Liverpool Marathon.

When I crossed the finish line in London I was hurting, that was it I was convinced. Though the next day my mind wandered to the thoughts of applying for Liverpool. Two things put me off. My wife suggested I wait a little longer than 6 months for my next one but also the cost of the Liverpool Marathon.

Unfortunately for whatever reason, RunLiverpool events have a tendency to be pricey.

Liverpool Marathon entry = £46 + £3.45 online booking fee (which I thought was being done away with as a general rule). For a marathon this probably isn’t too expensive. But when I’ve paid £35 for entry into the London Marathon, and made a weekend of the event then I need to start considering value for money.

So what’s this post about, well I’ve decided to run another marathon, it’s within the next 6 months. It’s an unofficial marathon.

Yes that’s right, The weekend of 28/29 July I will be running 26.2 miles. Just me on my own, with my Garmin, no crowd cheering me on and no medal at the end (unless I make my own out of tin foil). More Importantly I won’t be £30-£50 out of pocket.


About Jay McNeill

A Husband, father of twins, who works full time and tries his best to be a good dad, husband, runner and a gamer!
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3 Responses to Unofficial Marathon – The quest for the tin foil medal

  1. TheGodOfSarcasm says:

    you ever thought of asking your boss to sponsor you entry. I’m assuming you work at a Liverpool based company. For the price of the entry fee (and maybe a new pair of trainers) you’ll wear a t shirt promoting the company. They could also tie in with some kind of charity fund-raising, thus giving them props and good karma.

    I have all the best ideas

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