The club championships are well underway, click here for more information and the current standings. Many thanks to Chris Lawson for his work in this.T
Well done to Nathan Robinson completed this marathon in 4:14:28 off limited training.
Longhorn Half Marathon
Sharon Walters and Christopher Walters completed this off road Half Marathon in 2:32:11 and 2:32:18 respectively. Kate Willett completed the Canicross Half Marathon with a time of 2:17:20.
We had the most awesome support on the course from our members and friends from other clubs, we thank you all. Martyn Walter organised transport for loads of our members on the day and you were all brilliant!
The day was officially the hottest London Marathon on record and this made the race very challenging, all our athletes gave 101% and had an amazing day. Everyone trained so hard for this race.
Caroline Wheelhouse, who was on the championship start had a very good chance of winning her age group, this is Caroline’s report and we respect your positive attitude.
After a perfect build-up of big miles and smart training I went into the VLM in great shape; happy to have made the championship start line at V60 I’d achieved one of my aims, so now it was just the race…..
Couldn’t do anything about the predicted hot weather so I decided to stick to my plan and prepare to slow down as things warmed up. First two 5k splits went well, then at around 7/8 miles some – shall I say individual – clipped me and sent me flying onto the pavement! Picked myself up (a bit shaky!) and set off again, but the damage was done; hip pain and very sore ribs found me running pretty badly and by mile 9 I was considering pulling out. I walked for a while with a poor (normally 3hr) Scots lad who’d only 2 weeks previously been training in -2C and had decided to run/walk. He got me to about 10 miles then I struggled through a bit more, all the time weighing up my options – pull out to minimise the damage? Tough it out, you’ve gone to a lot of effort for this? Oh dear it’s going to be a death march, you’re not even half way (and it’s getting really hot now as well)………..
So I pushed on a bit more, then came across a another runner who was in a much more miserable state than I was, and I helped to get her going as we ran slowly together chatting about nothing in particular; after that, it was me against my overwhelming desire to stop. But of course I couldn’t do that with such an amazing crowd all around, and so many other runners taking the time to ask if I was okay – my painful lop-sided gait making it pretty obvious that I was not!
So for the first time in the London Marathon I saw all the sights and the distance markers just became my get out of jail cards. The crowds wouldn’t let me stop – they were there for me. Fellow runners wouldn’t let me stop. I limped up the Mall in a daze of humanity, so happy to finish but more happy to have met so many wonderful people, if only for a moment. Continue reading