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The London Marathon

29/04/2015

In its 35th year, the London marathon continues to provide a challenge for the 36,000 who take part and the chance to run past many of the capital’s iconic landmarks as well as appear in the live coverage on the BBC means the race is as popular as ever...

Of the 8 DRC runners, each had shown months of dedication in order to complete the race as fast as they could. The sheer enthusiasm and noise of the crowd support encourages tired runners in the final stages towards the finish in the Mall.

The best performance of all came from Sandy Shankland. Having gained a “good for age” entry he was determined to justify this. Reaching the 10k mark in 42.28 and halfway in ninety minutes, despite a nagging hamstring injury he pushed on and crossed the line in an outstanding 3 hours 6mins, well into the Gold plus category. To put that into some kind of perspective this put him in the top 6% of the field and he was the 8th finisher and second Scot in the 60+ age category. Danny Queen, also had a superb run in 3 hours 14 and he was 17th and third Scot in the same category. DRC was the only club with 2 representatives in the top twenty in this category.

On his marathon debut Ranjit Thomas ran very well in 3 hours 18 as did Sarah Queen who gained another personal best in 3 hours 23. Mark Hall, who has not been able to do as much training as he wanted, was very careful in the early stages and started very slowly. Reaching halfway in two hours he overtook many runners and was delighted to finish in 4 hours 4 mins. Fiona Jardine also ran well  and enjoyed the whole experience in 4 hours 9 minutes. Gemma Leadbetter  showed excellent pace judgement and was the only one of the club runners who completed both halves of the race in exactly the same time. She thoroughly enjoyed the whole race experience in 4 hours 32. Chris Wilson ran with Gemma and matched her pace well into the second half of the race but faded slightly to cross the line in 4 hours 52.

Stephen Mohan.

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