Marathon running is a funny thing, many people can’t imagine why anyone would want to take on the prospect of hours of constant running. Those who love it quickly become addicted, and with a lot of time on my hands while I was running on Sunday I took the time to think about why I love it. I think the answer is quite simple, the idea that anyone's body is able to complete such a mammoth task is remarkable - it’s something most runners comment as one of the reasons they like to run, simply because they can.
The other answer is that the London Marathon raises a lot of money for charity each year (they raised north of £66 million last year alone) for excellent causes, and being part of that is like being part of a big family. This year, with other runners shouting words of encouragement the whole way round, the marathon family extended across the world, and rather than making runners feel distant from their fellow competitors, it actually made everyone feel closer than ever.