Joe and I went up on Friday after work, making a quick stop off at the pub in Leeds train station (quite the treat!) where I very generously bought Joe a drink, and then promptly knocked it over and spilled it all over him...woops. Well it's best to get your mishaps out of the way early.
|Me, post beer spillage. Oops!|
|Joe, pre-beer spillage. Look how happy he was!|
|Friday night dinner - my mum's brilliant fish pie|
The only thing I am certain of is Eurovision makes for perfect pre-marathon viewing - very distracting car crash tv! Poor Engelbert but he was outdone by some European calamities. I love Eurovision.
|Saturday's pre-marathon fiesta. Count the carbs!|
|The Haley & Clifford pork pie|
|Dad and I enjoying the sunshine|
|Rosie and Karl looking a touch nervous before the half marathon|
|Joe's pre-marathon breakfast - bagel with peanut butter and jam, beetroot juice and an isotonic drink. Breakfast of champions!|
|Joe before the race, looking very fetching in his pink Breast Cancer Care vest|
|Michael and Alan just before the race|
|Mum and dad at the charity enclosure waiting for the runners to come in|
|Joe, 25 metres before the finish, looking good|
|After the race, champion!!|
|John and Jean|
|Joe and I, toasting his success|
|Joe and my dad, definitely sun-kissed!|
|Post marathon dinner - chicken and chorizo stew with rice and garlic bread. Well, you can eat what you want after a marathon!|
|Post marathon treat wine|
It was a fantastic weekend with some great achievements. I am in awe of anyone who can run a marathon, but more so my wonderful and family and friends who made it across the finish line. This time last year Joe was a part time runner at best and is a great example of what can be done with a bit of determination (or bloody mindedness!). Congratulations Joe, Michael, Alan, Rosie and Karl - very well deserved.
|Me reclining in the gardens before jumping back on the train to Leeds|
|A beautiful sunny day in Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens|
|And our dinner, and Joe's first spice in a week - barbeque'd prawns with a sweet and spicy noodle salad|