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London Marathon – it’s Total Mayhem out There!

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I was out of food, there was nothing left. I was starving, but no supplies would make it in today. I was afraid to go out. The streets were blocked, and there were people running and shouting. I couldn’t see it from my windows, but I knew it was total anarchy out there. There would be no cars, no way to get through. Not today!

Today was the day of the London Marathon!

I wasn’t quite sure if I’d make it out there, but I needed supplies.

So we equipped ourselves with my friend, and we checked that the route was clear before we headed out.

We only found empty streets outside. Devoid of people and cars. Silence in the absence of vehicles. It was too quiet, it was not right.

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As we kept walking, eventually we could hear noises, shouts, horns and screams. It was there, we could hear it; and there was a lot of them.

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Then finally we found them!

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Endless stream of them, running. It was like a river, one which we had to cross; the supplies were on the other side of the street. We had to cross, there was no other option, but it was not easy, it was too dangerous; there were too many of them, there was no time to slip thru unnoticed, so we had to wait.

Careful not to expose ourselves, we watched them go by, hundreds, maybe thousands of them. So many, where were they all coming from? And where were they going? Without answers, we waited.

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Finally, we saw an opportunity and we dashed across the road, running for safety. We dared not look back, we knew they would be there. Only once we got to an empty street and we could slip out of sight, we sighed in relief. Nobody was following us.

We stocked up on supplies and started planning our way back, we agreed that it would be safest to take a different route.

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Again we had to cross the road. It was quieter this time, a lot quieter, but still, we had to wait for the right moment. There was no room for error.

But eventually an opportunity presented itself and we made a run for it.

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As we finally made it back and closed the door behind us, we looked through the windows to make sure it was safe. Seemed that nobody had followed us. We had made it, and we had supplies.

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Do you go see marathons? Do you run them yourself?

12 Comments

  1. Jarmo, if I hadn’t seen the title, I would’ve thought your post came straight out of a zombie movie haha. Excellent storytelling!

    • Thanks :) I thought off renaming the tittle to something else, to keep some suspense, maybe I should have. I was quite happy with how it turned out :)

  2. Fun post! Love the Cheshire Cat (the pink-white cat-thing :) ). I want an outfit like that…
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    • Ah of course it is Cheshire Cat! I thought there was something familiar about it, how could I miss that. Thanks Sophie!

  3. Arcticnomad,
    What street did you see these great and wonderful creatures?
    I’m trying to figure out what km/mile they were on.
    Thanks.

    • I saw them near the Mudchute DLR station. Just after the 17 mile marker gate

  4. Wow! It must have been such a great experience! I really like those costumes, they all like so funny!

    • The costumes were really impressive!

  5. Thanks for the reply. Horny Jonn that you took a photo of, is our son.
    It was his first time in the suit.

    • No problem. That must’ve been quite a challenge running in that costume, not easy I would imagine!

  6. Nice pics. Some of them look a bit dejected but I do find when I watch the London Marathon that I find the whole thing quite emotional. It’s not easy to explain. On the one hand it’s ridiculous, on the other it’s the heroism of ordinary people.
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    • Yeah, at 17miles lot of people are getting quite tired, especially if they are running in some of those costumes.