A courageous group of Haslemere Border AC runners headed up to London for the Virgin London Marathon. This year was quite special as the event saw the one millionth finisher cross its famous Finish Line on The Mall since the first London Marathon in 1981.
All had completed the gruelling months of training that is required to take on such a challenge. The weather was cold and quite windy but better than what was forecast. The team were determined and raring to go as they bid each other good luck with a hug before heading off to their individual starting pens.
In the men's race first in for the club was Luke Shearring in a superb, albeit disappointing for him, time of 2:54. Colin Butfield was next in 2:58 PB followed closely by Luck Brock in 2:59 PB. Other mens' results were Tom Millns 3:04 PB, Joe Perkins 3:03 (who ran Boston just two weeks before), Nick Bailey 3.42 PB and Marco de Caprio 4:29 PB.
In the ladies Sally Goble and Jackie Field were running in the British Athletics Club Championships. First in was Sally in 3:04 then Jackie in 3:16 PB. Next in for the club was Donna Reid 3:23 PB, Issy Peters 3:34, Jules Dellar 4:03, Philomel Pike 4:11 PB, Sarah Bergqvist 4:15 PB, Caroline Snape 4:24 PB and Sarah Barnett 4:57.
The majority of the club's runners enjoyed the formidable race and celebrated together over lunch before wearingly heading home on the train. A few were disappointed with their finishing times and a few unfortunately, for various reasons, didn't manage to finish but on the whole they felt proud to have represented and run for the club at such a legendary event.
Other club members who took on and finished a marathon this year were Lawrie Baker at the Queen Elizabeth Spring Marathon in 3:57, Dominic Perkins (with his son Joe above) at Boston in 4:04 and Charlie Barwick and Sonja Dullaway at Brighton in 3:37 and 4:18 respectively.
The ballot for the next year's marathon is now open. Don't delay as there is no time to hesitate. Off you go and get signing up. You know it makes sense really! Good luck in securing that place!
Note from Sally Goble: Please check the above results and let me know if there are any discrepancies and/or whether I have left anyone out from the results.