Virgin Money London Marathon 2019
Sunday saw the biggest marathon in the UK and one of the six world majors took place in the British capital, London. The Striders once again had a good showing with seven runners taking part racing from the Greenwich area in south-east London all the way to The Mall and they all did theirselves, the club and the town very proud.
First home for the reds was Ollie Garbas who hasn’t even done any training in the build-up to London but from the start showed his class once again and managed to get a sub 3h30. Ollie came in at 03-28-45 (6413th place).
Jonny Nicholls was next for the Striders finishing in 03-55-53 (13283rd place).
Clare Wing who is the current Marathon Queen for the Striders with her taking part in marathons every month put on another consistent and strong performance, came in at 04-17-54 (19439th place). Clare said afterwards: I had the most amazing time at London today. Running over Tower Bridge was amazing and feeling so strong was wonderful. My watch failed at seven miles which was actually a really good thing as I just ran for the moment and felt so exhilarated when I crossed the finishing line.
Frances Levy who overcame a bug earlier in the week managed to declare herself fit for the race and put on a strong performance by finishing in 04-35-26 (24084th place).
New signing Megan Taylor wasn’t too far behind Frances and came in at 04-37-39 (24640th place). Megan was also pleased that she has knocked fifty minutes off her previous marathon time, the only Strider today to claim a personal best.
Peter Monk was making his marathon debut and finished in 04-39-03 (25004th place). Afterwards Peter said – London is an amazing experience, everyone should run it if they have the chance, the atmosphere from the crowd is electric. Because I started so far back I couldn’t get the pace I wanted without a lot of weaving around, so decided to enjoy the day and take it steady, bit disappointed with my time. Will I run another marathon? At this moment in time, NO!
And last off all Alex Smith came in at 05-44-03 (37264th place). Soon after crossing the finishing line, he said: It was an amazing experience and definitely one of the proudest days of my life. I felt really good up until mile 22 when I just felt like I was sore all over. The amazing crowd pulled me through and I am so happy I collected my bling.
This week’s dose of Parkruns.
The 5km (3.1 mile) free-event for all took place on Saturday morning and a few Striders were out in force.
Stevenage: 312 runners took part in the two-lap course at Fairlands Valley lakes. Davie Stafford 20-46 (17th), Tom Sclanders 22-32 (36th), Martin Watson 23-36 (58th), Karl Sparks 24-31 (73rd), Sarah Allen 27-09 (130th), Russell Andrews 27-34 (139th), Sharon Williams 29-47 (188th), Deidre Hawes 31-32 (211th), Emma Tozer 36-30 (266th), Paula Sparks 36-33 (267th).
Three Striders took on Kent on Saturday. First off was Danik Bates at Great Lines park in Gillingham which is located at a top of the hill, out in the open and took on the full brunt of Storm Hannah. Danik managed to complete the two-lap course in 22-40 and finished 32nd out of 440 runners. Further south on the River Medway at Maidstone was Darren and Louise March. Not so much of a windy affair down there, Darren finished in 21-42 (43rd out of 455 runners) and Louise in 34-23 (340th).
Sizewell (Suffolk): Colin Fenwick 35-51 (42nd out of 64 runners).
Ellensbrook Field (Hatfield, Herts): Karl Hudson 22-05 (41st out of 264 runners).