With the Virgin London Marathon fast approaching I thought you might be interested in our runners who are taking part this year.

Tom Porter
This will be Tom’s first London Marathon and he’s very excited to be taking part. Tom was successful in getting his place via the public ballot. Training has been going well so far and Tom hopes to beat his PB of 3 hours 11 minutes which he got at York Marathon in 2017 (his first ever marathon).

Meg Hollinshead
Having been unsuccessful in the public ballot, Meg was lucky enough to be picked out of the hat for the Halstead Road Runner’s club ballot – the club is allocated one place per year by England Athletics based on the size of its membership. This will be Meg’s first London Marathon having previously done the Halstead Marathon in 5:17. Training has been going extremely well for Meg who ran a fantastic PB at the Great Bentley Half Marathon in February as part of her preparation for the big day. She is sure to see a massive improvement on her marathon time in London.

Stuart Ashworth
London will be Stuart’s first marathon. Despite having a few minor injuries training has gone well. Stuart is running for the Children’s Society and aiming to go under the 4 hour mark.

Read Stuart’s story (Stuart is raising money to help The Children’s Society)

James Smith
This will be James’ 5th London marathon and his 15th road marathon to date. It will also be the second of the World Marathon Majors that he has run in 2018 having completed the Tokyo Marathon in February in 2:43. James is looking to keep his record of always going sub 3 hours at London going.

Gavin Allen
Gavin is no stranger to the London marathon either having run on 6 previous occasions. Gavin had to defer his place from last year due to injury so he is looking forward to racing again this year in a Halstead vest.

Andy Wilmot
For Halstead marathon legend Andy, London is an annual event due to his ‘good for age’ qualification. At 73 years old this will be Andy’s 27th London marathon and his 744th in total!

Rachael Roughan
This will be Rachael’s second London marathon having run it in 2016. She has missed a couple of long runs due to illness and snow. However, Rachael hopes to be in top form for race day and is aiming for a time of 3:45

Jim Clark
This will be Jim Clark’s first London marathon and his 4th in total. Training has gone well despite recently becoming a father and some sleepless nights. Jim is raising money for Stebbing Primary School and hopes to finish in 3 hours 15 minutes Help raise £1000 to develop Stebbing Primary’s outside area. Jim Clark (Miss Langley’s partner) is running the London Marathon to help with this project