The highlight of the weekend has been the London Marathon. Unfortunately Bob Langley didn’t make it to the start line as he picked up an injury in the last week. However, the rest of our runners all finished and in great times. Report below and a couple of photos attached of Jon Buist and Steve May with newsreader Sophie Raworth.

The London Marathon is a fantastic event whether you’re a club runner, fun runner or spectator. It is something many people dream of completing. This year Halstead Road Runners had 7 runners taking part in the race, some of whom had been trying for several years to get a place.

Conditions were perfect at the start but warmed up for the latter part of the race. Jon Buist, who had struggled with injuries during training, was first back for the Road Runners in a time of 3 hours 32 minutes.

Simon Humphrey had a great run exceeding his expectations and beating his previous personal best by 15 minutes to finish in 3 hours 45 minutes.

Kathryn Bronson, who was successful in getting the single club place, finished in 3 hours 48 minutes. This was not very far off her personal best which was particularly impressive given she picked up some injuries during training including a painful Achilles.

Steve May, running his first ever marathon, completed the course in a very respectable 3 hours 55 minutes mingling with newsreader Sophie Raworth at the finish.

Laura Marfleet, also running her first ever marathon, ran with local marathon legend Andy Wilmot who was running his 26th London and 711th marathon overall. They crossed the line in 4 hours 20 minutes.

Sara Burnham, running her third marathon, was over the moon to be part of the London experience after 11 years of trying to get a place. Sara finished in 4 hours 57 minutes.

The Road Runners were raising money for a variety of charities including the Essex and Herts Air ambulance and the Halstead Day Centre.

Away from London, Mel Candler completed the Notley Spring Duathlon on Saturday knocking 3 minutes of her pb coming in at 1.16 overall on the 4km run, 21km bike, 4km run course. She was also 4th in the open age category.