The Virgin London Marathon took place on Saturday 26st April. More than 38’000 people took part, making it the biggest in the event’s 35-year history. Conditions were cold and damp, but much better for running than the heat wave earlier in the week.
The Tunbridge Wells Harrier were out in force with 29 participating in the race, many helping with marshalling duties and others watching to cheer on their friends and family. The marathon training paid off for many Harriers, with 12 personal bests. The stand out performances were by Alice Heather-Hayes running 3:03:37 for a F40 club record and Guy Jenner running 2:36:56 for a M40 club record. The M40 marathon record was one of the longest standing club records. Guy also had the once in a life-time experience of running alongside world recorder holder and running legend Paula Radcliff. For those watching on TV, they were treated to numerous shots of Guy running with Paula. Also a special mention for Ruth Briggs who returns to the UK each year from her home in Switzerland to represent the club in The London Marathon.
Well done to everybody who participated in another fantastic London Marathon. Roll on next year’s!
Guy Jenner M40 2:36:56, John Law SM 2:38:25, Alice Heather-Hayes F40 3:03:37, Matt Clements M40 3:04:56, Ed Steele SM 3:07:23, Ruth Briggs F40 3:08:15, Steve Austin M55 3:10:52, Kieran Fitzpatrick SM 3:13:58, Andy Joad M50 3:15:25, David Barker M45 3:29:37, Steve Bright M50 3:38:08, Catherine Thorp F40 3:42:10, Colin Ricketts M50 3:43:50, Paul Newman M45 3:44:27, Steve Barnfield M60 3:44:55, Cathy Gill SL 3:45:17, Matt Edwards SM 3:48:24, Andy Boorman M45 3:49:38, Saul Harris M45 3:54:45, Dave French M50 3:58:23, Reuben Winter M55 4:00:49, Sam Taylor SM 4:07:08, Amanda Paver F40 4:20:18, Tony Waller M55 4:35:55, Jerry Milner SM 4:40:39, Claire Howard F35 4:44:31, Chris Avis M55 4:45:42, Chloe Williams SL 5:44:49, Graham Brooks M80 6:35:19.