Sunday, April 25th, 2010, will be permanently etched in my brain as the day that I endured THE most pain ever in my life. I’m sure many novice marathoners will totally agree.

Running a marathon is a full-throttle assault on the senses and the body with the mental excitement and anticipation that is the culmination of months of training and the sheer physical endurance that it takes to run 26.2 miles.

This year saw lots of firsts for Virgin, with it being the first-ever Virgin London Marathon. Our friend Bob Fear over at and I ran our first-ever marathons, and we had some great support from Virgin Balloon Flights, who raised over £225 and £415 for our respective charities, Macmillan and Virgin Unite by holding charity auctions for hot air balloon rides. Thanks, Virgin Balloon Flights!

Watch Bob’s brilliant London Marathon Virgin video, which really gives you an idea of what it’s like on the day, what to expect, and makes you realise that you can do it too!

Virgin Balloon Flights also had the very first Virgin Money balloon commissioned, which looked fabulous on the day, plus a brand new Virgin Balloon Flights balloon which spent the day bobbing merrily at the start line.

Here’s to the next one, Bob.