I forgot to mention in my race report a couple of things that I have just remembered:
1. Around 4km or so in to the race there was a spectator with a bugle. Got quite a few laughs when he played "the last post" when we went past.
2. The courier company Pace had a few signs out along the course. Slogans like "Pain is temporary, pride is forever" etc. I'm sure just before the bridge there was an "You are almost at the finish" which was almost as good as the bugle.
3. A few nutters were running in costumes. I saw Darth Vadar and Bobba Fett from Star Wars. Doing it hard under those helmets. There was also someone in what looked like a red diving suit.
Anyway here are some photo previews from marathon photos.com. Suprised I don't look nearly as bad as I felt towards the end.
Auckland Harbour Bridge - what an experience going over this.
Feeling quite good after the bridge.
The hat is off and that is normally not a good sign. I read that everyone feels pain over the last 6 miles and you have to suck it up. I guess this is my entry.
Through the finish. I saved the smiling until afterwards...
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