World-class professional Daniel Wanjiru won the men’s race in 2hours 5min 48sec and the women’s title went to fellow-Kenyan Mary Keitany with 2.17.01.
Among 40,000 starters, Holloway made the most of the cool conditions, going through the 13mile checkpoint at halfway near Tower Bridge in 1hour 13min on the way to notching a huge eight minute improvement on his previous best at the distance to cross the line on the Mall in an excellent clubrunners’ time of 2hours 30min 41sec.
James Mills also did well to beat three hours, clocking 2.55.43.
(Photos courtsey of Andy Robbins)
(Photos below courtsey of James Ballard)
Endurance specialist Phil Smith was timed at 3.04.03, closely followed by Rithy Hy 3.04.49, Nick Cooke 3.15.30, Angus Paton 3.27.38, Andy Budgell 3.38.49, Melanie Murphy 3.44.57, Darren Neale 3.45.26 and Nick Willetts 3.55.48.
In increasingly warm sunshine, James Welsh made the finish in 4.11.00, then came Jane Whiteley 4.28.44, Charlotte Ingram 4.34.32, Charlotte Morton-Haworth 5.06.45, Gavin Barrett also 5.06.45, Chrissy Gorham 5.14.35, Colin Martin 5.24.14 and Marie Manning 6.37.20.
A dedicated quartet of James Ballard, Steve Mitchell, Andy Fallon and Liz Roberts added further to the Salisbury numbers by completing the 26.2 miles in reverse in the official ‘midnight marathon’ running through the night in the hours before the start of the main event.
At the Southampton marathon, Peter Callanan recorded a good 3.16.17, Mike White clipped half a minute off his pb with 3.30.38, then came Phil Perry in 3.46.46, Richard Larcombe 3.49.41 and Nick Hudson who reached the finish in five hours despite injury.
In the linked half marathon, Mike Brewster took second spot in his age group with 1hour 25min 07sec, then came Lee Syrett 1.32.00, the improving Jef Hutchby 1.59.47, Hannah Reeves 2.11.21 and Jana Tomblin 2.11.37.
By way of preparation for the London, Gavin Barrett put himself the Marathon de Sables in France, a multi-event endurance test that makes a single marathon look like a training run! His results were recorded as:
Stage 1 (30.3km) – 3 hours 7 min 56 secs
stage 2 (39km) – 5 hours 49mins 1s
Stage 3 (31.6km) – 4 hours 30mins 21s
Stage 4 (86.2km)- 14 hours 55 mins 22s
Stage 5 (42.2km) – 5 hours 0mins 7s.