Sunday, 26 April 2009

marathon mart - the final hurdle

What a fantastic day we had at the London Marathon today. Mart did fantastically well, even though declaring at mile 18 (when he stopped to say a really quick hi to us, us being his cheer-leading family) that the novelty had well and truely worn off! Thankfully at that point he had passed out Jordan and Peter Andre who were ahead of him at one point, the shame!! I have no idea how any of the 40,000 of them did it - some clad in rhino outfits, carrying boats, a human sausage dog, superman, sponge bob square pants...the list of craziness goes on. Martin's plan to go as 'party boy' from Jackass thankfully went from his mind as the enormity of the task dawned on him over the last few months, phew....

mile 18 and still smiling

365 meters to go - don't turn back now!

After a re-hydrating boost of isotonic handouts from the finish line, I had some secret 26 mile flapjacks in my bag to replenish sugars, glycogen stores and comfort....


Makes enough for a marathon runner and his family of cheer-leaders!

Melt 175g of unsalted butter in a large saucepan (if using the hob) or bowl (if microwaving). Add 100g of demerara sugar, 75g of golden syrup and 75g of smooth peanut butter and beat or whisk until smooth. Stir in 250g of oats, 4 tbsp sesame seeds, 2 tbsp sunflower seeds and 75g finely chopped dried apricots until well mixed. Line a 30 x 20 cm shallow baking tin with parchment paper and spread the mixture in evenly, smoothing with the back of a spoon. Bake in an oven preheated to 180C (Gas Mark 4) for 20-25 minutes until rich golden brown on top and beginning to set around the edges. Remove and leave to cool completely before using a sharp knife to cut into squares. carefully remove from the tray, removing the paper and store in an airtight container for a few days.


Designermmg said...

yum not doing a marathon but am going to try these.. thanks

Cliona O'Flaherty said...

Well done Martian! Shazza, if I run 26 metres will you make me a slab of them?