London Marathon - 13/04/14

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Report by Dave Aspin

With the expectation of a Mo Farah victory the crowds were out in much bigger numbers all around the course. At the 7 mile mark all you could here was 'Go Mo!' as the leaders glided by only for the realisation to set in that Mo was 300m back with his own pacemaker for company.   Spotting your own club runners is a challenge in itself, but all the expected Harriers were spotted coasting well after the Cutty Sark.  A quick dash through the Greenwich foot tunnel meant we could great the leaders at the 17 mile point and Mo was getting tremendous support but too far behind the pack of leaders to have any impact on the race.  For runners it was hot from the start, positioning ourselves after the 15 mile water station many fast runners were stopping to take on liquid as the heat took its toll in the confined twists and turns on the Docklands.  Whilst the hot weather did not bother the Kenyan Wilson Kipsang who won in a course record of 2:04:29, it impacted many of the club runners who had to take on extra fluids.  John Clifford was first New Marske Harrier home with a PB of 2:49:59 followed by Martin Murray 2:53:21, Kay Neesam 3:13:03, Dave Hodgson 3:17:05, Kath Aspin 3:20:32 and Gemma Parkin 3:59:58.

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