Marathon records fall in Berlin

Gary Blaber
Gary Blaber

It may not have been quite the winner’s world best pace but eight of the ten Marshall Milton Keynes Athletic Club contestants at the Berlin Marathon set new personal best times around the fast flat course.

Leading the group home and breaking the exclusive three hour barrier for the first time was 840th Gary Blaber (M40) with a very consistent run going through the half way stage in 1h 27m 10s to finish in a fine 2h 55m 10s.

Next back taking 29th in the Women’s race and the first UK female runner was Wendy Webber (8th F35) also with good consistency going through the half in 1h 28m 28s and reducing her PB to 2h 56m 25s.

Also setting a PB was 1545th Adrian Maidment (M35) crossing the line in 3h 01m 10s, with 66th Woman Jane Ovington (F40) taking 3h 04m 38s and husband Neil in 3795th 3h 17m 09s.

There were PBs for F60 Ursula Ghaleb finishing 3391st in 4h 11m 06s, 4289th Christine Ryder (F50) 4h 20m 14s and 4940th Alison Ray (F40) 4h 28m 21s.

Over the same distance at the Robin Hood Marathon in Nottingham on Sunday, Marcus Whelband was 35th in 3h 08m 01s while over the Nottingham Half Marathon it was 75th for Jeremy Vick 82m 04s with 349th Alex Knowles (F45) with a PB of 92m 35s and 1016th Stephen Howe (M55) 1h 42m 13s.

Although the Track and Field season will shortly give way to Cross Country, there was still time for M60 John Brown to reduce his own Club 100m Record to 12.5s at the Biggleswade Open Meeting.

There were also PBs for Lauren Presswell (F15) in the Discus throwing 21.52m and in the Hammer 38.63m with Jasmine Trapnell (F13) setting her best at 14.95m.

Malcolm Down took on a unique mixture of running events, setting 60.2s in the 400m, and 10m53.5s in the 3,000m.

The saw Shot Lewis Barnes (M20) clear 12.05m, Emma Beardmore 10.40m and Paige Barnes (F15) 7.11m while in the Discus Lewis threw 37.33m and Paige 20.60m.

Finally in the Hammer Emma Beardmore threw 43.19m, Lewis 38.74m, Paige 37.45m and Laura Cumino (F15) 32.46m.