Now, it takes me just under six and a half hours, but I feel as if I’m going as fast as I ever did!
The only real disaster I’ve had is when I had to pull out in 1991 after breaking my ankle six weeks before, so I’m always cautious in the run-up to the race.
It’s a weird feeling now I’m a celebrity. People want to have their picture taken with me – it helps keep my mind off the distance. I was stunned when I crossed the finish line in 2019 to be greeted by photographers. It gave my fundraising a boost – I raised £2,620 for children’s charity MACS (which supports children born without eyes or with underdeveloped ones).