City of Salisbury running club’s James Hassan achieved what most of the 30,000 in Sunday’s London marathon found impossible. Not only did he overcome the day’s energy-sapping heat, going faster in the second half than the first, but he also improved his already quick personal best for 26.2miles.
With fine pace judgement, he clocked an excellent 2hours 51min 41sec on the event’s hottest day ever, when for many the challenge soon became simply to reach the finish.
James Mills was another to pace himself well, crossing the line in 3.07.59, and he was followed by Stuart Holloway 3.11.21, Ruth Thom 3.20.25, Reece Ingram 3.21.40, Mark Glanville 3.23.17, Andrew Holme 3.25.37, Kathy Dudman 3.28.41, Phil Smith 3.33.04, Jon Croom 3.34.28, Nick Cooke 3.34.55, Charlotte Ingram with a big PB of 3.37.26, Jo-Anne Gready 3.37.36, Craig Murphy 3.37.46, James Welsh 4.03.54, Gary Domoney 4.25.38, Gavin Barrett 4.27.30, Rob Drag 5.21.36 and Wendy Lucas 6.51.41.
Just before the start of the marathon, Bea Wood added further to her credentials with a superb win in the British Athletics 3 mile under 15’s road championships, finishing on the Mall in 16min 38sec that put her half a minute ahead of her nearest rival, and the same time as the under 17’s winner.
Also selected to run for the south west region, Lukas Bailey did well in the under 13’s to finish 15th in 17.03.
The Southampton marathon also baked in hot sun, but Mike White still improved his previous best with a great run of 3.18.53. Jason Bennett clocked 3.47.42, Chrissy Gorham 4.26.10 and Jo Marks 4.59.53.
In the half marathon, Nick Hudson was Salisbury’s best with 1hour 34min 15sec and he was followed by Ian Lawrence in 1.34.32, Richard Larcombe 1.42.32, Marc Hawkins 1.47.40, Michael Warren 1.58.30, Rachel Bala 1.59.43, and Fi Thatcher 2.25.37.
Quickest in the 10k at the same venue was Mel Holloway with 54min 58sec, than came Denise von Roretz 1.00.58, Ali Theobald 1.02.35, Sue Sheppard 1.19.28 and Vasen Moodley with a gallant 1.25.30.