London calling for Weston 19

Nineteen Weston Athletic Club members successfully completed the London Marathon.

Despite the alarmist weather forecasts during the run-up to the event, conditions were ideal and snow-free for the 19 Weston Athletic Club members who were lucky enough to secure places in the London Marathon.

Most of them ran for charity, raising many thousands of pounds in the process, but all of them ran the 26.2 miles to show how hard they had worked during all their training over the winter months.

No-one had executed a more consistent and impressive training regime than the club’s first two finishers. Kieron Summers knocked over three minutes off his previous best time from last year’s marathon to finish in 2.41.26 placing him 362nd overall and 55th in his age category.

Nick Briffitt finished in 2.43.03, also taking over three minutes off his 2015 time with an overall position of 427th and 71st in his category.


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Despite having to overcome injury during training, David Stock managed to finish in under three hours with an impressive 2.57.33 - his best time for the course.

Elaine Eldridge and Julia Withers showed no signs of the fatigue that must have remained in their legs following the Paris marathon three weeks previously. Elaine finished in 4.12.51, and Julia in 4.23.31, knocking a colossal seven minutes off her previous best.

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Claire Trego, running the distance for the first time, finished in an impressive time of 4.19.26.

Michael Reep and John Hinchliffe both placed well inside the top 200 in their age categories, with Michael finishing in 3.28.16 and John in 3.55.42.

Meanwhile, in Stratford-on-Avon, Josh and Sarah Harris lined-up for the Shakespeare marathon and half marathon. Josh completed the full marathon in 3.31.33, while Sarah dipped under the two hour mark in the half, to finish in 1.59.44.

Niki Fulstow finished sixth in her category at the Frenchay 10k in 45.44, followed by Ian Squire in 1.05.34.

Finally, Wayne Entwistle travelled north to run the Blackpool half marathon and finished in 1.50.44.

The club’s next event is the final race in the Weston prom run series on May 12. The junior race starts at 6.45pm, followed by the main race at 7.30pm. Race HQ for both events is the Bay Cafe on Weston seafront. Runners can enter on the night, or online at www.westonac.co.uk/promrun.

Entry is also now open for the Beacon Batch race - an off-road five-mile race on the Mendips - on June 21 at 7.30pm. More information and entry details are at www.westonac.co.uk/beaconbatch

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