The big news this beautiful Sunday morning, April 22, is that Caitriona Balfe just finished the London marathon, her first ever, with an incredible time of 4:47:40! Guys, I have run one (and only one) marathon in my life, and I finished in over 6 hours (which admittedly is very slow), but under 5 hours for a first marathon is very good! Especially given that Cait is a self-proclaimed non-runner. I am beyond impressed by this woman, yet again.
Caitriona’s older sister, another Irish beauty, Anne-Marie Balfe, (there are 7 Balfe siblings in all), is a runner…
Cait and Anne-Marie on a hike in LA with Sam
Cait originally asked Anne-Marie to do the London marathon in her stead, for Cait’s charity: World Child Cancer. Like a good Irish sister, Anne-Marie said,
“…well if I’m gonna run, you have to run…” and the rest is history. Aside from meeting personal goals, both women helped raise over 25,000£ for WCC!
Here is a video of them talking about their experience as runners, their training schedules, Cait’s determination (no wonder she’s so convincing as Claire!), guilt free eating, post race alcohol, and to Cait’s surprise, she has been signed up for yet another marathon by yet another sister! ?
Cait’s been training hard and raising money since at least February, when she posted this tweet…
Alright … It’s happening!!! My amazing sister @ambalfe and I are running the London Marathon to raise money for @WChildCancer If you would like to donate please visit https://t.co/hKXfbNzmKb Every penny counts xxx pic.twitter.com/anM8aA9hiX
— Caitríona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) February 25, 2018
And it culminated in a successful and fun race… Here she is finishing…
Gracious, as always, here’s what Cait had to say on SM after completing the marathon…
Going into the race, Cait got lots of encouragement from friends, family, coworkers, and fans…
Sam was apparently cat sitting with Eddie while Cait was in London, and they watched the race together ?
GO @caitrionambalfe !!!!!
Eddie and I watching, with our feet up… ???? ????♀️
good luck everyone running @LondonMarathon #LondonMarathon18 pic.twitter.com/2Or2uFlvTw
— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) April 22, 2018
Fair’s fair, Caitriona cheered Sam on at the LA marathon in March, 2015…
So proud of this man..!! Mile 14 and barely a sweat.. Even stopped for a chat. Well done @SamHeughan ️xxx pic.twitter.com/id0vE99kUQ
— Caitríona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) March 15, 2015
Go Caitriona Go! Hope you and your sister are still smiling like this wherever you are on the route! https://t.co/aMoJCl5PgS
— Maril Davis (@TallShipProds) April 22, 2018
Long time friend to Outlander, whom we are excited to see in Season 4 as Governor Tryon, sent Cait a good luck message and a tip about Vaseline…
Good luck to all #LondonMarathon runners including @caitrionambalfe https://t.co/mdNUpmHs42 & @Run4GrenfellG27 https://t.co/BbviuL1poO. Still time to donate! Vaseline everything. EVERYTHING.
— Tim Downie (@TimDownie1) April 19, 2018
There were lots of people on hand to cheer Cait on the course as well…
And floods of congratulatory messages post race…
Here are messages from her other running sister, Dierdre, and from Diana…
And they're home! Congratulations to my wonderful sisters @caitrionambalfe & @ambalfe on a fantastic achievement today @LondonMarathon.
— Ms.Deirdre Balfe (@balfe_deirdre) April 22, 2018
Hurray! Well done! https://t.co/ShYiKzbMwe
— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) April 22, 2018
Post race, Cait is back at the airport, headed to Glasgow to be Claire again bright and early Monday morning. Tomorrow would actually be a great day to film post wedding night, post print shop reunion, or post spanking scenes for this lass – if my experience is anything to go by, she’ll be moving a little gingerly come tomorrow…
The ….. I should be in the pub ….not at this airport face !!! pic.twitter.com/R4pDBVUwVI
— Caitríona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) April 22, 2018
Advil, walk, drink water, rest, and repeat. I hope Claire’s scenes for tomorrow cooperate! Many many congratulations on completing your first marathon – a smashing success – Well done!!
Congrats to Cait! Grit, strength, determination…all qualities Cait & Claire share. What a great role model!
we all have some of that in us; we just dont know how much until we try something waayyy out of our comfort zone!
Congrats sister-ladies,job well done !
Our girl Cait rocked it! Congratulations on completing her first marathon and hope it leads to many more!
So proud of Cait!
I haven’t read the Outlander books. I was put off by a present of the complete book set of Game of Thrones. It has thousands of pages of turgid descriptions of medieval intrigue and killings with dragons thrown in. I’m told the TV adaptation makes more sense. However, the book set makes an excellent door stop.
Outlander’s season 1 was a stormer. Season 2 good but less so. Series 3 was a mish-mash with cut corners, a lack of continuity and the infantilization of Jamie. Jamie started off as a man who was a soldier, ex mercenary, fluent in several European languages and Mandarin, a diplomat who was able to hold his own at royal court level and to demonstrate a considerable degree of street cunning. He was loyal to his family and unswerving in his love for Claire. Unfortunately, by Season 3, the female team of writers that Caitriona Balfe enthuses about has turned him into a devious teenager who gets himself into scrapes only to be rescued by the ever saintlier and matronising (female equivalent of patronising) Claire. Series 3 is disjointed and has cut swathes out of the book, so we know little of what Claire did for 20 years and the reality of living a lie with the decent guy who was Frank.
At the end of Season 3 we are left with that would have been an elderly (pushing 50) couple cuddling on a beach having improbably survived spending several minutes underwater after being washed overboard in a hurricane. They are only vaguely aware of where they are. I know how they felt.
It is too late to go back but the problem is that Starz put four seasons into 3. The reason I guess is to maintain ratings but if they continue in this vein, viewing numbers will start to haemorrhage and take the ratings down with them.
Lastly, please, no more 21st Century smartass feminism. Claire is now described as ‘feisty’ but did you know that the US dictionary definition of the word is fidgety, touchy and quarrelsome. Its linguistic origins are Germanic and refer to flatulence. It literally meant to f**t. Never use it in Germany.
Forgot to add. Congrats on the marathon result Caitriona. First time is usually awful but you did really well. £28 for cancer relief ain’t bad either.
Cait and her sister Ann Marie are powerful, inspiring and strong women.
What a great job. Well done Lassies!!
Congratulations!! Well done!
I admire Cait Balfe! Whoahhh, fabulous achievement, tge Marathon! I reject any criticism of Outlander, completely enjoy experiencing this phenom of an actress, an artist, as she plays Claire, her every nuanced expression so beautiful and authentic. No need to rip and tear as some do. To what purpose?