As predicted the sun shone on the runners taking part in the London Marathon making it the hottest London Marathon on record. Whilst the weather made for great conditions for spectators, it was brutal out on the course for those who have been training hard through the cold winter months. Plans for personal bests were replaced by staying hydrated and making it to the finish line in one piece.
First to the finish for the Road Runners was James Smith in 2:53:59 happy to keep his London time consistently under 3 hours. Gavin Allen was also pleased with his performance and could be seen on the television coverage heading into the final turn to finish in 2:56:03.
Tom Porter and Stuart Prestney put in solid performances in 3:26:08 and 3:30:29 respectively.
Rachael Roughan missed out on a hoped for good for age time but still managed a great personal best in 3:49:31.
Stuart Ashworth, raising money for The Children’s Society, will have had a memorable first marathon crossing the line in 4:07:07.
Megan Hollinshead also managed to run an amazing personal best of 4:34:41, knocking 43 minutes off her previous time.
Marathon legend, Andy Wilmot, a man of great consistency and apparently looking fresh as a daisy throughout the race, finished in 4:35:03.
Charlii Bower, also raising money for charity and running her first marathon, should be proud of her time of 5:49:23.
Sheila Purkiss managed to raise £500 for Farleigh Hospice and finished in 6:02:33.
Unfortunately one Halstead Road Runner did fall victim to the tough conditions. Jim Clark was bang on target for the first 24 miles but collapsed at mile 25. Thankfully Jim was well looked after by St John’s Ambulance and is recovering.