It’s the London Marathon weekend and here’s a photo of me crossing the finish line in 1998.

1998 London Marathon | My 2023 Goals | Steve Bonthrone

A moment that would change my life.

I’d always watched the marathon on tv but never knew how to enter or considered I would be able to do it.

That was until my back went into spasm in August 1997. My GP signed me off work for 4 weeks and prescribed me strong painkillers. I knew straight away that I had to do something about my own health as I didn’t want to go through life affected by back pain like my mum did and also believed there HAD to be a better solution to my problem.

While I was off, I happened to read an article in a magazine that entries were open and also to get an entry form, I simply had to go to a local sports shop. I got the form, filled it in and sent it off in the post along with my cheque.

In the early December, I got a shock as I received a magazine through the post telling me that I was in! I thought I’d better start running, or words to that effect!

Bizarrely, from that point onwards, it never occurred to me that I couldn’t do it. I followed a training plan and off I went.

Like Running With Friends

The London Marathon is a special event because you’re not running by yourself, you’re running with lots of people with the same aspirations as you and everyone really helps each other. Then there’s the crowds who push you on especially in times you don’t think you can do it yourself.

That all changed as soon as I passed Buckingham Palace and a saw the finish line ahead of me. I felt like I was sprinting but it was more likely that I wasn’t slowing down any more than I had been.

Crossing the finish line of your first marathon is like no other feeling you’ll ever experience. Every single emotion will hit you, all in the space of a few seconds.

Then there’s the overriding feeling of “What have I just done?” That sense of accomplishment at doing something you never thought you could.

Wearing my medal like I’d won Olympic gold, foil blanket around my shoulders, goody bag and my belongings I’d dropped off before the start, I made my way through the streets of London, back to my hotel still trying to come to terms with what I’d just done.

Anything IS possible

As I sat on the train coming home, I couldn’t help but feel that if I can do it, anyone can. I also felt that I was in possession of a secret that I wanted to share with others.

I later quit my job making pizzas and retrained to become a Personal Trainer with the sole aim to help others achieve amazing things for themselves.

26 years on, I still believe that anything is possible and my sole aim continues to be to help people achieve amazing things for themselves. Now, I do that for people over 50.

If you’re running London, good luck and I hope you have the same kind of experience I did. In fact, think of the story you want to be able to tell everyone afterwards of what you did and how you did it and go make it happen.

If you’re thinking about, why not enter the ballot for next year?

If you need some help to get there, get in touch! I’d love to be a part of your journey