Friday, 20 April 2012

Countdown...2...The London Marathon Expo

As I said in my post yesterday, it had been quite a stressful week at work and I'd had little time to actually think about the fast approaching marathon. But today with a day off from work it was time to relax and enjoy the day at the London marathon Expo.

My good running friend Brian joined me today to support me get his hands on as many freebies as possible. We headed up to Waterloo from Woking and then take a very complicated route on the DLR to the Expo, one which we managed to simplify on the way back.

Getting my number was the first thing on the agenda, and it felt like walking into an airport checking in desk with the many different booths with the allocated numbers. The main stress had now gone for the day, I'd got my number (35676) and turning back now.

After walking through Adidas world at the beginning including a live show from the Marathon Talk team it was then into the main arena, with all the big names and smaller brands selling their wares. There were plenty of nutrition stands with the likes of Maxi Fuel, Clif bars, Zipfit sport and many more, and as well as fuelling up on tasters that were on offer, it was good to see some of the new products coming through on the market.

There were a lot of marathon organisers from all over the world promoting their events including the Loch Ness Marathon in September which appealed to both Brian and I (Watch this space!).

As well as nutrition brands, there were plenty of clothing brands on hand, and I treated myself to a nice new pair of my favourite Hilly socks which I shall be wearing on Sunday...and before you say it, I know I shouldn't wear new kit for a race, but I'm used to these and the additional comfort of a new sock will be there!

Crowds at the Expo
As well as picking up some free magazines (Running Free and Men's Running) I picked up and absolute bargain from the good people at Runners World. For £10 I got a great handy small sized rucksack full of goodies that would normally retail at nearer £50. Finally I picked up my marathon goody bag which contained some nice little bits including a can of London Pride bitter. I guess they plan for us to use this to toast ourselves after the race.

I'm glad I went today giving me Saturday free to rest because it was a long time on the feet and by the time I got home I felt quite exhausted. But it was a great day, and a well put on event. Well done to all concerned and it has really got me excited about the big day.

With NUFC sponsored by Virgin, it was nice to get a
picture taken with a signed shirt of my beloved team

Me with the winners trophies...I won't be seeing them again!

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