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We spend the rest of the day sightseeing. Saturday November 5th 2005 9.30am: We participated (along with 17,000 other runners) in the Continental Airlines International Fun Run (Distance approx 6k) throught the streets of New York City. This event is held as part of the Marathon weekend, and celebrates the multi national participation of the New York Marathon. There are participants from over 100 countries. Great Britain has the highest number of overseas entries with 3,500 this year! We then spent the rest of the day sightseeing. Evening consisted of a good old pasta dinner to boost the carbs for the next day, and then off for an early night's kip at about 8pm. Sunday November 6th 2005 ING New York City Marathon 4am: We'd slept surprisingly well considering how excited we were about the big day ahead. We had been planning to get up at around 5, but were both well awake already by 4, so we got up and started to get ready. We met the rest of the Mencap team in the hotel foyer, and had our Team photos taken. Then we headed outside to begin our walk to the New York Public Library, which was where we were to pick up the official Marathon coaches to transport us to the starting line on Staten Island (over 8 miles away). This was actually the only bad part of the day as we found we had to join a queue already numbering into the 1000's to get on one of the 100's of chartered buses. After an hour or so, we finally made it onto a bus and headed off. The journey however took another hour and a half, as ironically we got stuck in traffic jams caused by the road closures in preparation for the marathon itself. 8:30am: Finally, our coach arrived at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, which was the congregation area for the runners, and also was right next to the starting point on the bridge. There were 1000's of people here already, making their last minute preparations for the hours ahead. We still had an hour and a half or so to go before the start to prepare ourselves, so we proceeded to an area in front of a huge TV screen and started to get ready. There was a vast array of free food and drink on offer to the runners, so we consumed what we hoped to be appropriate amounts of liquid and food (mostly Lucozade drinks, energy bars etc) to line our stomachs and correctly hydrate ourselves. We both felt really onform and ready for the gruelling task ahead. Eventually the time began to creep towards 10am and the announcements started to go out for all runners to congregate on the starting area. We made our way through the congregation area for about 100 yards or so to the already crowded bridge. On the way we were amazed at the huge mass of clothing (worn to keep people warm until the last minute) which people had simply abandoned here there and everywhere. Tops, jogging bottoms, jackets, even old trainers. It looked like an explosion had gone off at a jumble sale. People as far as you could see were lined up into the distance in front and behind. After 6 months of preparation, the magic moment had finally arrived. The atmosphere was electric. We checked the countdown on our watches, and then right on 10:10 the starting canon was fired. The crowd cheered and clapped, but for what seemed like at least a minute or two, nobody around us actually moved. It took this long for the mass of people to start moving as far back as we were. 10:10am: We eventually slowly started to move forward, and then surprisingly quickly started to pick up a decent pace. Full of adrenalin and feeling really good, we both spent the next mile weaving and dodging through the crowds as best we could, and passed through the first mile marker at 9.22. Not bad for a 1st uphill mile in heavily congested crowds. We then worked our way into the 2nd mile which became mostly all downhill as we passed the midway point on the bridge. This mile was a breeze, and the mile 2 marker was completed in a dangerously quick 7.22. This really surprised me as i didnt feel i was going quite that fast. I guessed this was the adrenaline getting the better of me, and i actually began to make myself ease the pace back slightly on the 3rd mile, which was a slight incline anyway, and it was at this point that my University running partner, Wayne started to pull away from me. I was happy to let him go as although i felt fine, i did not feel comfortable keeping up the current pace with another 24 miles to go!! I also secretly hoped to catch Wayne up again at some later point in the race ;). Anyway, Into the 3rd mile we'd now come off the bridge and had entered the New York borough of Brooklyn. We began to see crowds for the very 1st time (as none are allowed on the bridge). To begin with there were a few people dotted here and there along the highway and over bridges, as we were in a reasonably inaccessible area for the crowds to reach, but as we ran further and further into the built up surburban areas, the crowds eventually became a solid mass of cheering and screaming people. The support from the crowd was indescribable. Every few hundred yards was a band blaring out their funky tunes whilst singing and dancing on the sidewalks. It seemed like absolutely everyone was cheering. Small children were holding out their hands for runners to give them a high 5's as they ran past. Hundreds of NYPD officers and many FDNY members lined every intersection of the route, and joined in with the crowd in cheering us on and also giving us high 5's as we passed them. This run was more of a carnival than a marathon!! The next 15 miles seemed to fly by fairly effortlessly, although i was wary not to push myself too much so that i had enough energy left to make it to the finish. I also wanted to enjoy the experience, rather than run right at the limit for 4 hours. The course took us from Brooklyn into the borough of Queens, back into Manhatten and then on into the Bronx. The Bronx is not an area people usually visit when they go to New York, but this diverse community made no less effort in playing their part of cheering on the runners and providing "live" entertainment in the form of reggae, hip hop and various other genres, as we passed through the borough. I had been surprised to find that i was averaging about 8m45s per mile which would put me well inside my dream target of 4 hours. However as the hours went by, the clouds slowly cleared, the sun rose higher into the sky, and the temperature grew and grew. By about 1pm, the temperature had soared into the mid 70's. When you've been running for 3 hours this was the last thing we needed. I found my mile times for 17 20 miles getting slower and slower, until eventually, i simply had to stop at the 20 mile mark water station, and drench myself in water. I was not feeling so great now and was beginning to feel really hot and uncomfortable in the afternoon sun. After a minute or so, i began to start running again, although at a much slower pace, and due to the heat, i found it necessary to stop at every remaining water stop just to drench myself in water in an attempt to keep myself cool. During the last 5 10 miles i consumed my 2 packs of Lucozade energy gel that i had been carrying with me, in an attempt to give me an extra boost. Around Mile 24 i passed a guy with "Phil from England" stenciled on his shirt, who was obviously struggling as he had slowed to a walk. I tried to give him a boost by shouting encouragement to keep it going and that we were nearly there. 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