Sunday, September 25, 2022

Athletics: Harriers impress in London Marathon

THURROCK Harrier’s London Marathon participants all faired well in what turned out to be good conditions before the race finished.

Lead role was taken by Louise Brass. Louise is the mother of two young boys but has trained well throughout the winter and this led to a 13 minute improvement on Sunday. Her time was 3hr11m38s which placed her 246th in the women’s race. Surprisingly for this event the 2nd half of her race was faster than the 1st, the indication of Louise’s physical fitness and mental toughness.

Veterans Keith Willett and Toby Draper both ran big pbs. Toby returned 3hr4m41s an improvement of 7 minutes on his previous best. Keith, who like Toby has only been a member for less than 2 years, returned 3hr6m1s which represented an enormous leap forward.

Victoria Peacock’s thorough preparation for this race paid off as she achieved her target time of 3hr49m43s. Victoria has been somewhat daunted by the distance of this race and can relax now in the light of a job well done.

An era came to an end with Pat Dobbs pulling out of the race at 7 miles. Pat has completed all 34 of the previous London Marathons and on the way through has won age group medals many times. On Sunday, however, his badly damaged hamstrings had the final say. The number that have completed all the London Marathons is now in single figures so Pat’s record is one that he can look back on with pride.


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