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We had a number of our runners at the Redcar Running Festival on Sunday. Ella Harcourt ran the 2km fun run finishing in 9.46.43 for 20th place while the rest of the group were spread over the 10km and Half Marathon events. James Largey finished 2nd in the half in a speedy 74:42 with David Nalder 1hr 47:27 just ahead of Linda Noble who finished in 1:51:31. Stephen Gardner was just over a minute behind in 1:52:38 with another race under his belt Iain Girard crossed in 2:08:17.
Barry Talman was the first of the two Barry’s across the line in the 10km race finishing 9th with Barry Foster 27th in 44:23. Sean Craggs was next home in 48:40 ahead of Trevor Mitchell in 49:48. Anne Hutchinson ran a solid 56:21 with Shirley Gibson rolling back the years to finish under the hour in 59:17. Tony and Janet Williams running together finished in 1:05:09 and :10 respectively with Tony’s wallet nudging the tape first.
Results for these races can be found here
The club had 6 young athletes who had been selected to represent the North East at this years London mini marathon running the 1.6mile (2.6km course). In the U13 boys race it was Rowan Steel first home in 9mins dead for 30th place with Matthew Foster 7 places and 9 seconds further behind. Zara Jones finished 7th in the U15 girls race in 8mins and 46 seconds with our other U15 runner Freya Talman finishing in 9:32 for 55th position. Alex Boyer was our only U17 runner finishing in a blistering 8mins 10 with Macy Kelly our only U17 girl crossing in 9mins 11. You all should be immensely proud of yourselves.
Mini Marathon results can be found here
At the following day’s London marathon we had five of our runners in action. The race itself is split into three different start points that all come together which ensures there’s not too much congestion in the first 5km of the race. Paul Cook was first home in 3.14 followed by Dean Standish running his first ever marathon in 3.17 along with John Dunne in 3.28 also breaking his duck! Bot brilliant times, marathons are tough no matter how experienced the runner. Nicky Young finished her run in 3.58 after finishing good for age last year while Andrew Glencross finished his in 4.31 as he battles his way back from a long term injury. Brilliant all of you!
I’ll tell of my own experience of the London marathon. I highly recommend you running this once in your lifetime as the atmosphere is incredible. This years build up probably caused a few issues with trains strikes for runners heading to the big smoke on the Saturday with numbers only available till 17:30 its an added pressure you don’t need. Going to the Excel to pick up your number is straightforward and there’s loads to see, do and get freebies if you have the will or mind to go around the stands. If it’s your first time, soak the atmosphere in and take loads of photos and if you are running for a charity always call in to say hello and thank them for their support. Steve Wilkinson and I helped a guy (Wilson) from Memphis, Tennessee with his bags and directions as he had been doing some travelling round the UK so was like a packhorse.
This was my 9th London marathon and not one I was looking forward to due to injury, illness and lack of proper marathon training time. I started in the Green zone and for anyone running a marathon I think there’s two things to remember from the very start, 1) be honest with yourself about how your training has gone so be realistic with your goals and 2) do not start off fast in the first 5km, just settle down into a nice pace and try and relax.
The first couple of km’s felt very humid which was echoed by other runners after the race which was surprising as it appeared overcast. Race temperatures were perfect for marathon running, quite cool and little breeze until around noon when the sun made an appearance but again not like the soaring temperatures like we saw in 2018. I ended up finishing with a 3.14 on the day which I would have snapped your hand off before the start as I felt every step of the (near 26.5miles) with my ongoing issue and suffering from cramp in my hamstring with over 4m still to run (not pleasant) as it made it very much stop start to the end. Was fantastic to see Steve Wilkinson twice on the course and former members Zoe Rogers (cheering on husband Steve who ran a 3:26 PB) and Richard Bowes (along with some other Darlington spectators) along the way shouting out encouragement and former England footballer Danny Mills on the course who I gave a shout out to. I’ll be back April 2023 as i’m sure a few others will be too and look forward to another weekend in the big smoke.
Full results can be found here