London Marathon 2013
They prepared meticulously; battled fiercely and triumphed magnificently! That's the story of the 12 'foot soldiers' who took on sport's toughest challenge to the human spirit that's the 26 mile 285 yards Marathon. Training that began in earnest last October; meticulously built with increasingly mileage through the dull, dark, damp wintry days; periodically benchmarked with half-marathons in January and March; peaked with a 20-miler in the final weeks, culminated in the Metropolis amidst mile after mile of adulating applause. A nation of couch potatoes in front of the TV (including me!) remembered and admired from early morning. The 33rd London Marathon was, indeed, as great as it's ever been but this year tinged with sadness from the awful atrocities of the Boston bombings.
Forgive harping to former days but this 2013 Marathon was the 30th anniversary of several club PB's It was my own 'rather disappointing' PB of 2:27.30...... despite chasing world record holder Greta Waitz in the final miles to her world record. So 'gutted' was I not to have done a couple of minutes faster, I even refused to buy the official finish photo for several years but to-day it's proudly displayed and reminds me of some younger, faster days. Other Sale Harriers PB's that year were Eric Williams (18th in 2:18.54), Terry Lonergan (200th in 2:25.36) and Kath Binns (8th lady in 2:28.11).
This year on 3rd June, is the 40th anniversary of the club record of 2:16.24 set by Steve Edmunds in the 1973 Manchester Marathon. Don't you think we should celebrate such a magnificent long-standing record?
Good luck to all those in this weekend's Manchester marathon. We hope you exceed your expectations. Over one hundred are marshalling the course so cheer and clap yourselves hoarse!
Those who did so well on Sunday were:
John Moseley 2:38.14 "A 14 minute PB from last year. A massive big thank you to Kev (Mahon) who gave me his Garmin. I had forgotten mine; he felt injured and swapped me for a Casio from the 1980s I bought from a spectator right before the race! This gesture not only gave me an advantage but is a testament to the generosity of Kevin"
Andy Walling 2:47.01:"It was my first London, but have done two Snowdon's. It was an amazing experience. I have run at some smaller track internationals (many years ago) but the atmosphere all the way round was incredible. Finishing was also really emotional. I have never experienced anything like it. I had a few issues with cramp in the last 6 miles which slowed me down a little, but I was really pleased overall. It was a PB so no complaints"
Steve Townley 2:48:50 It was great experience and perfect conditions compared to Manchester last year. "Well done to the other Sale runners.
Steve Mc Carron 2:48.57: "So proud". It was my 2nd London, and it was great to run well after struggling in the event last year. IPB'd by 6 minutes in the end - so very happy with that!
Olivier Gaillemin 2:50.17: "My 12th marathon and 4th London. In ideal weather, I was spurred on by the best crowd I have yet witnessed (including New York). I managed a 6 minute PB of 2:50:17 (2:56:23 Amsterdam 2011) and a 7 minute PB on last year's London. I couldn't quite hold it until the end (those pesky 18 seconds!!!) but very pleased nonetheless and know what is required to push on from here. Fantastic support from Sale along the course: thanks to all".
Peter Shipley 3.15.00: "A massive PB from my previous attempt of 4.25.59 in Prague 2010! The atmosphere was incredible and really kept me going when it got tough towards the end. I thought I'd blown the 3.15 mark but just about managed to pull it off with a 'sprint' finish up the mall"
Rachael Cavanagh 3:37.38 "My 4th marathon and a 14 min PB from Manchester last year. Amazing atmosphere, great support and brilliant finish through the mall. Perfect conditions. My shins played up a bit but very happy".
Stephen Pottage 3:15.46. Six minutes slower than in the Manchester marathon. London really was the most amazing and memorable experience. London was my third marathon but my PB of 3:09:58 was Manchester last year.
Louise Robbins 3:27.09: "Just outside a PB Shame. Twenty six seconds slower than last year. Lovely sunny day! Great crowds. Good run to 17 miles, then it got quite tough".
Kim Wilson 3:56:10
Lauren Davies: 4.01.08 "It was my 1st marathon. Obviously the plan was to go sub 4 but I am totally happy with what I have done & I had to do an impromptu loo stop at 16 miles & after that I struggled to get going again & then the last 10K was very tough! Amazing though & am very pleased with my time as it's my first one so very happy"
Posted 24/04/2013 14:04