Monday, December 5, 2022

Thurrock running heroes complete London Marathon

RUNNERS from across the borough gave their all to complete the 26 miles and 385 yards of the London Marathon.

Before the race started, they respectfully observed a minutes silence for those who suffered at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

First home was 48-year-old veteran, John Green from Thurrock Harriers, who ran a very disciplined race to finish in 3.00.09.

Paul Green finished a few minutes behind him in 3.08.55.

Fellow Harrier Jason Syrett came in at 3.17.18.

East Thurrock United defender, Tom Stephen showed remarkable stamina by playing ninety minutes for the Rocks on Saturday and then knocking off a marathon in 3hrs 51.42. He is back playing on Tuesday night!

Thurrock businesswoman Meena Mitra ran a very swift, 4hrs 20 mins. A fantastic effort by Meena.

Speaking after the race, Meena said: “I am delighted to have knocked half an hour of my personal best. The atmosphere was fantastic.

“I saw my family at the 22 mile mark, which was special. Most importantly, I have raised nearly £500 for our charity in India.”

Jennifer Viccars, daughter of Port of Tilbury’s Lynda Viccars ran a great debut marathon in 4hrs 51.34.

The legend that is Thurrock Harriers Pat Dobbs has run every single London Marathon since the first in 1981. And he was a veteran then! Pat ran a great time of 4hrs and 41 mins.

Thurrock Scout leader David Tapsell also ran a great race, coming home in 5hrs 09mins.

And then there was Charlie Lawrence. The 69-year-old former Sonway Juniors coach made his debut this year and was supported ably by family and friends.

Charlie made it around in a fantastic 6hrs 1min and 51 secs. A brilliant effort.

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