This would have been breaking 3hours for a marathon. I’d slowly chipped away at my marathon time which was 3hr 59 on my maiden attempt to 3hr 25 at Edinburgh in 2013. After running with Orion I ran 3hr 5 mins at London in 2015 and 3 hr 3 mins at Manchester in 2016, I started to wonder if I had reached my limit. If the Irish gene pool that I came from would only ever allow me to get to this level and that I was no thoroughbred. Or that at 12 stone (at a height of 5foot 11) I was too heavy to be a good distance runner. Or that maybe I just wasn’t tough enough. But I finally managed to finish Hamburg in 2hr59 on a day of hail, sunshine and rain. Wunderbar! It wasn’t that my training was so much better for this one, I think it was that I was mentally tougher. I knew what to expect and the pain I’d have to endure. I was over the moon to overcome that challenge and get pass a limitation that I had maybe put on myself.