I had waited over a year for this race, created in the spirit of the original Morpeth that ran from 1904 to 2004.
Brighton was my first marathon and it seemed the marathon started on Saturday as I joined the enormous queue for my race bib.
Not known for sport at school, I took up running in my mid-forties. Very soon I caught the running bug and progressed from the Couch to 5K programme, via parkrun, various 10k races and the Great North Run to running marathons and beyond in the UK and overseas. Now in my fifties, I still run fast enough to impress my friends and family, but not fast enough to think I've missed a vocation as an Olympian!