You can’t beat watching the London Marathon. Who wasn’t laid out in front of the telly on what annually ought to be known as ‘Marathon Sunday’. It’s the Sunday in the year when committed and non-committed runners alike become armchair athletes and be riveted for hours by the spell-binding moving mass of humanity of every size, shape, age, colour and pace , running, jogging or determined shuffling over 26.2 miles to their Nirvana that’s the finish line on London’s Mall. We can but admire this magical feat and feast of human endurance with home-based enthusiasts tracing their colleagues on i-phones; others (like me) rekindling top memories whilst others inspired, resolve to be on the start line next year.
Front-runners get the headlines but all are heroes and this year Sale Harriers’ heroes are: -
CALLUM ROWLINSON 2:39.08: Well done to our U23 Callum Rowlinson who not only showed great marathon ability but has also set down an exciting benchmark for the future. With a best half-marathon time of 1:13.21 from this year’s “Wilmslow’; he went through the half in 1:14.39 and rightly commented, “I successfully ignored the great advice I got and went off far too fast”
STEVE Mc CARRON 2:42.29: A fantastic PB for Steve by a massive 6 ½ minutes. This was Steve’s 4th Marathon and he’s continued to improve from his first – Edinburgh 2011 when he recorded 2:59.24.
GARETH MATTHEWS 2:54.05. He missed a PB by a measly 36 seconds over his last and debut marathon - London 2011.
ANDY WALLING 2:54.20: His 2nd fastest of four marathons with a best of 2:47.01 at last year’s London. Andy e also got a special mention from commentator Paula Radcliffe as her former physio. Wow!
FRANCIS SWEENEY 3:04.16: Running his 3rd Marathon, Francis went to London to hopefully dip under three hours from his 3:13.59 in last year’s Manchester marathon. I’m sure he’ll give it another go!
ALAN PITMAN 3:08.42: Again, Alan was hoping to dip under three hours after his successful PB of 3:03.18 in the 2012 Chester marathon. Unfortunately, it’s eluded him but he won’t give up just yet!
RICHARD BROWN 3:21:00: It was a long way of his PB but was still recovering from back injury. He's now preparing for a 100km race in two weeks!!!!
JOHN RODGERS 3:33.37: Our former Northern Ireland 1500m international who has qualified as a doctor specializing in sports medicine and has attended London Marathons in his specialist capacity, went massively out of his comfort zone and suffered great pain in the final miles, just to raise lotsa money for Medicines Sans Frontiers
KIMBERLEY KONTOPANTELI 3:42.34:
MICHAEL WYMER 4:02.00. Mike had run the Manchester Marathon two weeks earlier but suffered breathing problems and finished in 4:17.45./ He did well to run 15 minutes faster so soon afterwards but will be aiming to dip under his best of 3:55.06 in his next Marathon.
Posted 13/04/2014 22:57