The Harriers fielded 11 competitors in the London Marathon most of them running with some distinction. As he has done in the last 30 marathons, Pat Dobbs completed his 31st London with a great performance.
He was third in the 70+ age group with a time of 3.49.06. This was 18 minutes faster than last year when he was recovering from a serious health set back. As he has passed through the various veteran age bands Pat has collected an array of medals but this one has given him a great amount of satisfaction.
Thurrock’s only female competitor this year was Louise Brass. She improved on her previous best by 3 minutes by completing the course in 3.21. Louise gave birth to her first child Ethan last year and has done well to get back to this level of fitness coming into the race after 2 hours sleep the previous night (Ethan is teething!). She ran the race with her usual impeccable pace judgement but her final time suffered a little because of two enforced ‘pitstops’.
First Harrier to finish was 40 year old, Grays based, Scott Rice. Supported by his family and 3 young sons Scott’s elegant running style took him across the line in 2.54.51 over a minute better than his previous best. John Russell ran his first marathon 2 years ago and, as then, ran a beautifully judged race to finish in 2.56.24 again an improvement of over a minute on his previous best.
Experienced John Green competed strongly to finish just behind his team mate in 2.56.48. Richard Amery ran a solid race to record 3.24.58 just behind one of the club’s more experienced runners Phil Oatham who this year found the going pretty tough but held on gamely to finish in 3.20.46. Former goal keeper Jason Syrett ran well to record 3.26.40. Another of Thurrock’s more experienced Marathon runners Chris Scrivener has had his training restricted by injury this year but ran a sensible race to finish in 3.33.
Orsett Golf Club professional, Richard Herring, made an excellent debut in the event by recording 3.48.24, a performance that reflects considerable talent.
Another debutant Mark Cable can be very pleased with his 3.59 clocking.