London, Hamburg, Bridge and all the rest!

Wow, what another incredible day for our wonderful club.  London was buzzing yesterday as 16 club runners took on the iconic Virgin Money London Marathon, with a coach load of supporters to boot.  Not only that, the first eleven back from Folkestone all ran 'Good for Age' qualification times, ensuring they can do it all again for the next two years.  Perhaps not the most welcoming news for those struggling to move, the morning after the day before!

Lloyd Worsley led the troops home as he ran a 9 minute PB and secured a championship place in the process as he ran a superb time of 2.44.39, having reached halfway at 1.14.53.  Not far behind, was Andrew Fletcher, who despite having to stop at one point, also recorded an incredible time of 2.46.37 after recording 1.17.59 at the midpoint, earning a 7 minute PB in the process.  David Gillett also secured a PB as he made halfway at 1.21.44 and reached the end at 2.54.25, whilst David Weekes recorded an amazing 10th sub 3 hour marathon run in a row as he got home in 2.55.11 after running 13.1 miles in 1.22.19.

Phil Hoyland had suffered with injuries this campaign, so adjusted his target and still ran a great time of 3.03.03, having made 1.28.47 at the halfway point.  Tim Warren was next back from the club and made halfway at 1.30.41 and then secured a 3 minute PB at the end to record a time of 3.08.52.  Another suffering with injuries was Peter Rider, this time around, but he got through the pain to record a time of 3.12.38, having got midway a second ahead of Tim!

Darren Crew had the PB run of the day as he smashed his previous best by an incredible 27 minutes as he made his GFA target by running 3.13.34 after reaching halfway at 1.32.48.  Deborah Jeffery, running with the championship field, finished 24th in her age category as she completed her run in a time of 3.14.27, having gone 1.32.39 at 13.1 miles.  Andrew Noble made halfway at 1.29.51 and then completed the task in 3.15.17 to also ensure GFA qualification once again, whilst Chris Woolgar was 58th back in his age group as he ran 3.35.34 to record a PB, having got midway at 1.43.22, to also qualify again for the next two years.

Caterine O'Connor was next back as she completed her run in 3.51.46 after recording 1.45.59 midway, whilst on her debut maratthon, Laura Ballard ran a sub four as he recorded a time of 3.55.44 with her sister Hayley, after reaching halfway at 1.55.07.  Anthony Scott was next back in 4.10.43 in his first road marathon after getting to halfway in 1.56.01, whilst Angela Saunders knocked 8 minutes off her previous best five years ago to record a time of 4.15.34 after getting to the midpoint in 2.00.21.  Ray Johnson, running for charity for the 17th year in a row completed half his run in 2.04.27 and the whole distance in 4.40.14.

Across in Germany, two runners also completed the 26.2 mile marathon distance as they ran the Hamburg event.  Alan Randall and Jane Wren ran together for 13.1 miles in 2.11.01, before Alan went ahead to finish in a time of 4.43.38, with Jane finishing in 4.56.05.

Elsewhere, at the Bridge 5k, Lisa Smith ran 29.25 and Kate Lancefield ran 34.27.  Andrew Smith and Steve King also ran super sprint aquathons over the weekend too.

In the parkruns, there was a fast battle at the front of the Pegwell Bay event as James Stroud finished his run in 16.45, ahead of Morgan West (17.25) and Nick Steele (17.36).  At Mile End, Lisa Smith ran 28.27, whilst at Ashford, there were runs by Chris Addison (21.06), Caroline Curtis (22.33) and Clive Allon (24.56).  At the Folkestone event, Jean Paul Jeffery was first back for the first time as he ran a PB time of 18.48.  JP was followed by Alan Vigrass (24.14), Deirdre Coombs (25.03), Malcolm Gibbs (25.09), Richard Dyer (25.18), Julie Gibbs (28.00), Trudi Curd (29.16), Kelly Flannery (29.23), Kate Lancefield (33.18), John O'Hara (35.17) and Liam Cumber (39.06).


Hopefully more pics to follow..........

2017-04-24 08:46:56


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