London Marathon 22/04/12


Four New Marske Harriers joined the 36,000 runners in this year's London Marathon.  After predictions of poor weather for the race, the runners woke up to a blue sky on race day.  This was our first trip to the London Marathon and it is difficult to comprehend the scale of the event watching it on television.  On Saturday morning we visited the Expo Event to collect Kath's race number bumping into Ann Currie as we entered. Race day arrived with a 6am breakfast with fellow runners and a short walk to the start from the hotel.  Whilst Kath prepared for the start the kids and I walked to the seven mile point to join the thousands of people lining the route.  After just about spotting Paul Cleasby (hot on the heals of Nell McAndrew) and Kath, we went through the foot tunnel to the Isle of Dogs.  This was a great place to watch, with lots of bands on the route and only a smattering of spectators in places.  Later visits to Canary Wharf and The Embankment proved difficult with crowds 3 deep lining the route.    Paul Cleasby knocked a great 6 minutes off his PB and now has 2 weeks to prepare for the “Marathon of the North.”  Kath also hit a new PB by 22 seconds!    Ann Currie completed her first ever marathon and Julian Wilkinson also had a great run. The least said about the 7 hour train journey home the better…….

Place Overall Place Gender Place Category Name Category Half Finish
1767 1669 397 Cleasby, Paul (GBR) 40-44 01:31:57 03:07:20
2979 285 61 Aspin, Kath E (GBR) 40-44 01:37:58 03:18:19
21838 5948 379 Currie, Ann (GBR) 50-54 02:13:25 04:42:41
29027 20050 380 Wilkinson, Julian R (GBR) 60-64 02:36:30 05:18:08

Photos   Report by Dave Aspin

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