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Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2015

From: Gerald

A postcard from New York

As most of you know I have moved to Sydney now but still doing the running and the odd feral trail run. Decided I had another marathon in me and the biggest of them all was New York. What an experience. Yes 3 deg and 40 km/hr winds and a 3hr wait to start, but when the gun went off we went up the Verrazano bridge and the whole New York skyline in front of us was brilliant. And right from the start people cheering, screaming, clapping and as I ran along crowds grew, 6 deep in places.

2 million spectators along the course. Great way to see the 5 boroughs of New York. Felt like I was floating. That was until I reached the Queensboro bridge at 25km. Cramps in the thighs made it a painful walk/ shuffle to the end, many others also succumbed to cramps. The last 7km though difficult was fantastic. The absolute roar of the crowd was unforgettable. Through Central Park with autumn leaves, beautiful. The legs are painful and stiff as I write this. Do I have another marathon in me? Bring me back to New York anytime!