The remaining four were across the line within three minutes of each other. Triathlete Christine Meek has now run six marathons, two of them at the end of an Ironman race. She claims it feels easier running 26.2 miles after first swimming 2.4 miles and then cycling 112 miles. (I’m not convinced!) Jav Sondh was home in a similar time, though disappointed to be slower than on his first serious attempt last year. “I may have been a bit complacent this year”, he confessed. Experienced marathoner Steve Barrington struggled in the later stages of the race but it was still his third best time. Beverley Packwood achieved a significant improvement over her first two marathons and it was her first sub-four.
Eight other members travelled further afield for their marathons. Paul Tavener kicked things off with 3:39 in Paris, a very respectable debut for a relative novice at any distance. By contrast, Mark Delahunty has run marathons in nine different locations, this year in Manchester, where he achieved yet another sub-3 hour clocking.
Manchester (10 April): Mark Delahunty M40 2:59:21
Brighton (17 April): Malcolm Woolsey SM 3:25:15; Keith Freegard M55 3:44:36; Sarah Percival W50 3.44.44; Alex Hewett SW 3:51.22; Andy Leung M40 3:54:01; Dan Noraika M55 3:57
London (24 April): Simon Shaw M40 2:41:15; Steve Plummer M50 3:13:05; Lynn Wilson W55 3:42:10; Christine Meek W55 3:51:39; Jav Sondh SM 3:51:47; Steve Barrington M50 3:52:44; Beverley Packwood W40 3:55:13