Massive congratulations to all our runners who completed the London Marathon this weekend. They all deserve a few days to recover before we begin pestering for an account of their day, but in the mean time the Endurance squad are mightily proud of all those who represented Harriers around the streets of the capital.
For anyone who didn’t follow the drama of the race via our Facebook updates, we can tell you that every one of our runners achieved the first objective of any marathon and crossed the finish line to come home with a medal!
First to cross that line was Neil Precott who also broke the magic 3 hour barrier with a 2 hour, 59 minutes and 23 seconds run. Neil provided nail biting entertainment for those watching the on-line tracker as he hammered out those last few miles. He reports that the final 5 were amongst the toughest he has run, and only the prospect of the sub 3 kept him going.
Close behind him was Chris Smullen who recorded a huge personal best of over 31 minutes to come home in 3:05:48. Chris ran a magnificent race and obviously gave everything he had to smash his previous time and come so close to that 3 hour barrier.
Martin Andrews defied pre-race nerves to hit his target of 3:12:42 with almost precision accuracy. He set off for London unsur eof his ideal pacing and on the day started fast before settling in to an evenly paced effort. Martin will be well pleased with his days work.
Next up was Barry “the machine” Abram who just keeps lapping up everything London can throw at him and going back year after year for more. Barrys love affair with the London Marathon shows no sign of abating as he crossed the line in 3:18:51 to place 191st in his age category.
Finally Mandy Borthwick made her marathon debut with a 6:42:18 and the biggest smile we have seen yet from our runners. No news of how husband Darren fared in his own endurance event in the public hostelries of London for the duration of the race.
Well done all