2013 London Marathon

Yesterday we watched the London Marathon from the Walkabout Terrace located next to the Temple Tube Stop. Usually I would share more information, but today and the rest of this week will be super busy. So without further ado, here are the photos.

Our view as we settled in.

Our view as we settled in.

A wheelchair competitor. I missed the leaders since they went by as soon as we arrived and I was having a camera issue--I left the lens cap on.

A wheelchair competitor. I missed the leaders since they went by as soon as we arrived and I was having a camera issue–I left the lens cap on.

Random shot to give you an idea of what it's like

Random shot to give you an idea of what it’s like

"I like your hat, can I get your digits."

“I like your hat, can I get your digits.”

One of the elite runners

One of the elite runners

This group cheered their little hearts out the whole time.

This group cheered their little hearts out the whole time.

Some athletes amaze me. This is a blind man running with his guide.

Some athletes amaze me. This is a blind man running with his guide.

Another elite runner

Another elite runner

The scene where I was sitting.

The scene where I was sitting.

Some spectators from the terrace.

Some spectators from the terrace.

I hope everyone has a great week. We leave for Malaysia later this week so I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to pop in on blogs and update posts. I’m hoping I don’t have to run around like a mad person all week, but that’s how it usually works out before taking time off. At least for me. I’m organizationally challenged and each time it’s a photo finish.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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76 Responses to 2013 London Marathon

  1. Be safe and have a super fantastic adventure. I can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back :).

  2. Daniel says:

    I can’t wait to hear about Malaysia! Where will you be visiting?

  3. IsobelandCat says:

    Have a great break. See you when you get back. I am trying to convince Charlie he should blog!

  4. Bon voyage–come home safe and rested!

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’m sure you ‘ll get lots of selamat datang!

  6. lynnsbooks says:

    I’m so excited for you going off on your travels. I hope you have an amazing story and I’m sure you’ll have lots of pictures and experiences to tell us all about.
    Take care
    Lynn 😀

  7. Geoff W says:

    I’m with you! I couldn’t get over the runners who were blind or stroke survivors or Diabetes sufferers. I was like go you! You’re doing so much more than I can and I’ll cheer even louder for you. have fun in Malaysia!

  8. Fergiemoto says:

    I was drawn to the balloon arch in the first two photos. I have a good friend who is a professional clown and master balloon artist. He makes awesome balloon animals and often does large balloon arches for some local events. He taught me how to make a small arch, and it’s not easy. All balloons have to be inflated to the same size or the arch will not look good at all.

    Wishing you a wonderful and safe trip to Malaysia!

    • TBM says:

      I didn’t know all the balloons had to be the same size. Now that you say it, it makes sense, but I didn’t know all the details. I marvel over people who are creative. When I was in Copenhagen there was a balloon artist and I got a kick out of watching him create these magnificent animals for the kids.

  9. Glad you got to the marathon sidelines. I usually go down to watch the NYC marathon and it’s a great experience.
    I also get a little frantic before a trip trying to get all my “to-dos” done. Hope you have a great time and I can’t wait to hear all about it. Is Miles going along with you?

    • TBM says:

      I would love to see Miles in a jungle chasing all the critters, but he is staying home with a woman who will be watching him and Atticus. He’s not happy to see the luggage out.

      • Ha. Reggie is the same. When I take the suitcases ready he tries to hide under the bed, except he can’t fit so half his butt and tail are hanging out. 🙂 I guess it’s like if-I-can’t-see-you-then-you-can’t-see-me sort of thing.

      • TBM says:

        Oh poor Reggie. I feel for Miles and Att when I leave and I always look forward to seeing them.

  10. It’s so good to see happy marathon photos. We’re still reeling over here.

    Have a fantastic time on your trip!!

  11. Have a wonderful, safe trip and enjoy yourself. Nice to see a marathon where it was just about the running!

  12. winsomebella says:

    Happy to see pics from a marathon, as it should be. Enjoy your travels 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Thank you. I still can’t believe what happened in Boston. Such a terrible few days, that will have lasting consequences for so many.

  13. pattisj says:

    May all your prep plans fit together smoothly. Have a wonderful time!

    • TBM says:

      Thanks Patti. Once I leave everything seems to come together. I love and hate packing for longer trips to places I’ve never been. it’s exciting, but I don’t know what to bring really.

  14. Novroz says:

    The wheelchair looks so futuristic, I like it.
    I thought you are joining the marathon 😉
    Safe trip and maybe you can check on our mountains one day 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Thanks Novroz. I’ll have to pop over to your wonderful country in the future and explore the mountains. I like trips that force me to get into shape.

      • Novroz says:

        Here’s a glimpse of Mount Agung in Bali 😉

        Never been there tho. I have only been to two mountains.

        I’ll be expecting spectacular photos from your mountain trip 🙂

      • TBM says:

        That does look beautiful and is tempting 🙂 I’ll do my best with photos. It will depend on my energy levels though.

  15. aFrankAngle says:

    Cheers to a successful marathon … and best of luck in the final prep for your trip!

  16. I admire people who run a marathon. I’ve always thought it’s not a easy thing to do.
    Enjoy your trip, can’t wait to see the pictures.

  17. Anna says:

    It’s inspiring to watch a marathon, I’d love to run it in London too one day!

    Have a great trip to Malaysia, enjoy every second! I’m sure you will have a wonderful experience. And take it easy at Mount Kinabalu.

  18. Wonderful. We were on the embankment for the Olympics marathon and the atmosphere was amazing 🙂

  19. paulaacton says:

    Have a great trip look forward to your pics maybe in a couple of years you can cheer me on in the marathon though am afraid even when I am fit enough it will require waiting around for a little while lol

    • TBM says:

      Thanks Paula and let me know when you run, I’ll clap my hands like a mad woman for you. And no worries about the wait, they serve beer 🙂

  20. Caroline says:

    I wish you a geat trip. Malaysia is on the list of countries I’d like to visit.

  21. fendikristin says:

    Waiting for your stories in Malaysia, I will be visiting Malaysia next year so that I can get all the recommendation from you 😀

    safe flight safe trip and have a great time 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Thanks. And I will do my best to share when we return, after a few days of recovery of course 🙂 I’m excited for you and your upcoming trip!

  22. poppytump says:

    so so late with this TBM ….Have an amazing time 🙂

  23. Shelley says:

    “I like your hat, can I get your digits.” Too cute! These photos are inspirational and I’m so happy that these people reached the finish line without tragedy. Have fun in Malaysia!

  24. best description ever. everything i do is a photo finish. have a wonderful trip.

  25. Jo Bryant says:

    Have a wonderful trip !!

  26. LOL I love that hat! Enjoy Malaysia – super jealous of you as always!

  27. zara says:

    Just stumbled across your blog. 50 year project…wow. Inspired. I can’t even get through my ‘101 list’ phew!!

  28. Carol says:

    Hope you’re having a great time!

  29. T.F.Walsh says:

    This looks like fun… great photos, as always:)

  30. Jane Risdon says:

    Fab photos and such atmosphere. Thanks for sharing. Love them 🙂

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