Laughs in London for MMKAC’s runners

Paula Radcliffe took part in the London Marathon for the last time.  Gary Mitchell Photography.
Paula Radcliffe took part in the London Marathon for the last time. Gary Mitchell Photography.

Six runners from Marshall Milton Keynes Athletic Club celebrated times under the three-hour mark in Sunday’s London Marathon.

Michal Glowacki led them home with a time of 2:35.39, 153rd overall but was closely challenged by Dan Webber.

Michal passed halfway in 75.05 with Dan at 76.28. Dan closed slightly on his club mate for his second half and was just 50-seconds down at the finish, 182nd and a personal best of 2:36.29. He ran 2:37.07 in Berlin last year and his improved time places him 10th in the club all-time rankings. However he will probably be remembered for running in the group alongside Paula Radcliffe for a large part of the race. He was clearly seen on TV in the final 200m as Paula finally clocked 2:36.5.

Next in were Mike Kerrigan and Gary Blaber, both just outside their personal bests. Mike placed 661st in 2:48.34 and Gary 1043rd with 2:54.27. Tom Hayman had run 3:03.33 at Dubai in January but in London was delighted to crack 3-hours and improved his personal best by some 9-minutes to finish with 2:54.27.

First MMKAC lady was Rachel Robinson who has recently joined the club from Aldershot. She ran fairly even splits, 88.24 for the first half and the second half in 90.24 to finish 72nd lady overall with a time of 2:59.06.

Martin Erasmus(M50) ran 3:13 in the Brighton Marathon a few weeks ago and his 3:08.44 in London was indicative of his form as he trains for the 56miles long Comrades Marathon in South Africa which is being held at the end of May.

Fran Malin placed 63rd in the F45 age group with her 4th fastest marathon time of 3:23.46.

Second MMKAC M50 runner was Malcolm down with 3:24.46 just ahead of Carl Reynolds making his marathon debut recording 3:25.01. The last two home inside 4hours were Julie Jones(101st in theF45 category) running 3:28.51 after completing the Manchester Marathon only a week ago with 3:25.33 and Andy Stiles(M50) finishing in 3:34.29. Andy placed 7042nd overall, well inside the first 25 per cent of the 37,000 strong field.

Kevin Church set a PB of 4:08.54 as was Chris Ryder’s 4:12.48, improving by a whopping eight minutes from Berlin 2013.

Sharon Edghill clocked 4:23.31, Hazel Cockerill 5:10.01. David Stride 5:18.33 and Karen Bugaj 5:19.33.