London Marathon - 24/04/16
For the first time in Club’s history New Marske Harriers had a ladies team in the English Marathon Championships at the London Marathon. Kay Neesam, Sharon Bulman and Kath Aspin along with Shaun O’Grady had all got the qualifying standard to start with the Elite men on the Championship Start. The three ladies all had great runs with Kay finishing in 3:03:08, Sharon PB 3:04:15 and Kath PB 3:13:18. The overall team results have not yet been announced but they did well against much younger opposition.
Also running amongst the 39,000 runners were Martin Murray who clinched a Championship Start qualifying time with a PB of 2:44:01, James Allinson PB of 2:55:25, Shaun O’Grady 3:04:14, David Hodgson 3:34:22, Charlotte Ellis PB 3:52:07, Kelly Brearley 4:57:54 and Helen Tyerman 5:15:43.
For visually impaired Charlotte Ellis it was a challenging race “pleased with over a 4 minute PB especially in such a visually demanding race, all credit to the guides.” Ably assisted by her guides Carla Stansfield and Paul Cleasby, Charlotte had to dodge not only the other runners but thousands of discarded water bottles around the course. For Paul it was a new experience “I wasn't sure who was guiding who at times. There can't be many more visually challenging road marathons than that. What Charlotte is prepared to go through for the sake of running is beyond amazing.”
Also running in London at the Virgin Marathon Mini Marathon were Hassan Ben-Tiba who was 48th in his age category and Rebecca Tilley 39th.
Apologies for the limited number of Photos, but in 39,000 runners it is difficult!