We have had a fantastic few weeks at RunningwithUs through the busy April Marathon season. You guys have been out racing and achieving fabulous results from Manchester to London, Brighton to Paris.
We were also delighted to see many of our partners achieve huge success at The Running Awards with Cancer Research UK winning charity of the year and the Alzheimer's Society picking up a runners up award in the same category. Our nutrition partners High5 achieved several runners up awards as well and or new partners, TomTom, also runners up in their category. Well done all!
Nick and Tom had a busy couple of weeks hosting the expo at Brighton Marathon, delivering talks and interviewing guests before commentating on the race itself. It was great to meet many of you at the London Marathon expo as well where again Nick and Tom where meeting runners and hosting talks and Q&A sessions with our partners, Saucony. A big well done also goes to Martin Williams on his selection for the Scottish team in the half marathon.
On to the results. Phoebe's team of athletes achieved some fabulous results with Helen Stevenson, running for Dementia UK, aiming for sub 5 but smashing a 4hr17 at Brighton Marathon. Helen has obviously seen her potential, got the running bug and now wants new PBs for all distances plus Brighton again next year! Swati Patel had a strong run to finish in 4.23 and Sue Newman smashed her 4 hour goal finishing in 3.54.
Coach Siobhan Dockerill also had some great results at Brighton Marathon with David Percy tackling his first marathon and hitting his sub 4 goal finishing in 03:59:25. Theresa Jones claimed a huge PB to finish in 04:07:44 and Gareth Thomas also smashed his PB and went well beyond his initial target to finish in 03:04:19!
Manchester Marathon saw Mike Duffy claiming yet another sub three with 02:58:13. Victoria Carter ran 3:01 also at Manchester Marathon before then arriving at London Marathon, to break another World Record, this time running 3 legged with her friend Sarah - tied together they smashed out an amazing 3:47!
So onwards to London we saw a hosted of fabulous results. Paul Martelletti, fighting a cold, ran a strong 02:17:26 and Aaron Scott claimed a great PB with 02:19:18 on a day of exciting racing from the elite fields chasing Olympic qualification. Jamie Farmer smashed his PB to take a big step towards sub 2:30 with 02:32:58. Special mention goes to Tracy Barlow who finished first from the mass start, 4th Brit including the elites and took a huge step forwards with a fabulous 02:33:20 to move to 35th on the UK all time marathon rankings. Hayley Munn ran yet another excellent time to yet again confirm herself as one of the UK's top marathon runners finishing in 02:38:04.
Jamie Smalley enjoyed a nice run out, wearing an 'interesting' out fit at the London Marathon. The owner of Rundawear ran an easy paced 3:08 but draw more plaudits for his outfit....
Amongst the performances of 26.2 miles it was great to see Will Rawling run a 17:20 parkrun PB to continue his great run of form and now targeting a 2.45 marathon in the Autumn. Morgane Artacho ran Shakespeare Marathon strongly with 3:40 and Shona Donnelly achieved a PB and the fastest marathon time in years finishing in 3:23 in London.
New RunningwithUs client Sarah Davis ran a fabulous sub 3 performance with 02:58:02. Andre Benatar ran a fantastic PB at Manchester Marathon also cracking 3 hours with a huge PB of 2:54. Peter Fenton-O'Creevy ran a brilliant PB in Manchester Marathon running 3:16 and Hester Barsham-Rolfe a few seconds off her PB at London showing what can be achieved when running pressure free and with a smile. 3.22 for Hester.
Mandy Dohren moved into the UK top 40 with a new PB and an excellent 02:52:44 and Tim Prendergast ran strong to claim a small PB running solo from the IPC World Championships start with 2:46. Ian Hunter took a new new marathon PB with 02:48:20, Steve Watmough continued his fine return to form with 2:50 and coach Siobhan Dockerill battled through a niggle to finish in 3:33. Felicity Young (4:33) and Rachel Tully (6:30) also came through difficult periods of illness hit training to complete the marathon, looking strong!
We were also delighted to see some fabulous results from friends and olympic hopefuls with Tina Muir running a huge new PB of 02:37:35 (you can read about her experiences on her blog http://tinamuir.com/london-marathon-2016-race) and a huge well done to Aly Dixon and Sonia Samuels for their Olympic qualification.
We got to meet hundreds of charity runners who attended our training days and who performed brilliantly across these key marathons so thank you for all the lovely stories and emails we have received and well done to you all!