Athletics: Weston's McMillan enjoys stunning London Marathon

PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 April 2019 | UPDATED: 11:30 01 May 2019

Weston AC's Chris McMillan at the end of the London Marathon

Weston AC's Chris McMillan at the end of the London Marathon

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In his second London Marathon, Weston AC's Chris McMillan recored a spectacular time of 2:36.43 to finish 250th of 40,000 competitors.

McMillan's outstanding time saw him become the third fastest Weston AC marathon runner ever and the fastest runner in the last 20 years.

He maintained a consistent sub-six minute mile pace as he beat closest challengers Kieron Summers (2:46.34) and Ben Haines (2:51.50).

All three were part of a group of 22 that had travelled from Weston, which also saw Susan Duncan shave 20 minutes off her best time, finsihing with 3:09.00 ahead of Maria Davidson (3:30.31) and Jo Coventry (3:36.22).

Special mention goes out to Carol O'Leary who ran 3:50.55 to finish in 14th place overall for her age group.

Along with Stephen Powell, all eight have gained good age qualfication for next year's marathon.

Last week also saw the final race of the Western Prom Run series before London, with the quickest runners taking it easy ahead of the Marathon exploits in the capital as the field opened up for other members to take home the honours.

Will Fuller was the fastest Weston runner of the night finishing in sixth place overall with 27.18, ahead of Callum Smith (28.32) and his dad Alan Fuller (30.08).

Duncan began preparations for the Marathon as the fastest female when she finished with 24.17 ahead of Michelle Fryer (34.41) and Nia Davies (36.10).

The junior one-mile race saw a clean sweap for North Somerset AC as Ollie Campbell came first in the boys category with 5.15, ahead of Williams Maine (5.23) and Oliver Andrews (5.40).

Poppy Burton-Dickie finished the girls race with 6.20, narrowly beating Mary Hemmings (6.25) and Lyla Briffitt (6.41).

The next off-road race, the Breacon Batch, has been schedueld for 7.30pm on Tuesday June 18, while the junior race starts at 6.45pm.

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