In case you missed it, the London Marathon took place on Sunday in glorious spring sunshine. As the runners assembled at Greenwich the sun could already be felt warming the crisp cool morning. The club had 4 runners on the Championships start, our best ever, and 8 other members across the other starts.
As the elites ran off into the distance to break the course record, one UKnetrunner was not far behind. Rob Pope produced an outstanding performance, smashing Nick Houlton's long-standing club record by 7 minutes, and his own PB by double that. Rob crossed the line in an impressive 27th place in the Championships in a time of 2:27:57.
By the time Rob had finished, the temperature was already starting to take it's toll on those still on the road. And as the afternoon progressed, supporters may have been enjoying it, but it certainly had the effect of slowing those still on the streets of the Capital. Nevertheless, there were some great performances from club members, with PBs for Stephen Price and Ian Jessop; and Rob's wasn't the only club record that was broken as Lisa Wilkinson ran to a new FV40 club record time of 3:29:52.
Matt Dunn once again did an excellent job as a Runner's World sub-3:30 pacer, coming in at 3:29:18. His job was made more difficult by the fact is flag broke early in the race and he had to carry it for over 20 miles.
Everyone else battled hard with varying tales of success and pain. Marathons can be tremendously rewarding, but can also be even more frustrating. But in the words of the great Rocky Balboa, "it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward." There were plenty of our members that kept moving forward on Sunday and in the process achieved something memorable.
Well done to everyone that took part, and many thanks to those that were out in support - it really helps to see a friendly face in the crowd.
If you fancy giving it a go next year, the ballot opens on the 22nd April (next Tuesday). And you must enter the ballot if you wish to be included in the club ballot later in the year. Best of luck.