With Milton Keynes Marathon having taken place this week we are now towards the end of the really busy period of marathon races and RunningwithUs athletes have been taking on 26.2 mile courses the world over and achieving some fantastic results. We wanted to give an round up of some of the fantastic runs we have seen you all doing!
* Tracy Barlow - VLM 2.30.42….a pb, 3rd British Woman/elite…and World Championship Selection for Great Britain. A wonderful performance from Tracy against some real legends of British distance running. Catch her finish line interview here;
* Julia Davis - VLM 2.39.27…Julia ran small pb and consolidated her fine run in Frankfurt last year with an excellent performance after a build up hampered by illness finishing 3rd from the mass start. Brilliant run Julia.
* Steve Scullion - VLM 2.17.59 …a pb and fine return to good health and form after a period out of running Steve race a well paced race with discipline and control and is looking to go faster at Berlin this autumn.
* Aaron Scott - VLM 2.17.46…24th, another pb and 3rd in English championships. Excellent run and Aaron is also now looking forward to Berlin this autumn.
* Tim Prendergast - VLM 2.40...broke the NZ national T13 record and ran an strong new marathon PB the former paralympic 800m gold medallist continues to learn the skill and rigours of the marathon. Brilliant run Tim.
* Taylor Bickford - VLM…a brilliant debut with 2.42. Ran with the very experienced and reliable Steve Watmough to 18 miles. Now looking to run Chicago in the autumn and Boston next spring once returning to the US. Steve went on to show that agedoeslty need to limit you at the marathon has he contained to progress his PB with 2:43:50 and 14th v50.
* Michael Joseph - VLM...took 20 minutes off his PB, despite having to dig very deep through a tough final 10km to finish in 3:33 - loads more to come and a great showing of mental strength when the going got tough.
* Andre Benatar - VLM…2.56 ran very even splits and been injured with his training based around a lot of XT more than running this represented a good return!
* Nick Twomey - VLM…2.44 and a very brave run for Nick..just missing out on a pb - well done for making it to start line after last minute injury scare.
* Peter Mcloskey - 3.10 at VLM…very happy after busy work period and tummy issues on race day….nice pb moment Peter and big well done from all of us.
* Georgia Wood - VLM...continued her return to running with a strong run of 3:02 despite several unscheduled stops and Mat Chataway ran a brilliant new PB of 2:39 - both are looking forward to further progression in Autumn. Adharanand Finn also struggled with some tummy problems during the race and whilst not the time he was looking for held it together to bank another strong run in 3:08 as he builds up to some big challenges later this year.
* Becky Gallop - VLM...overcame foot pain to run a brilliant new PB of 2:57 with almost even splits across the race to finish 51st.
* There were more Guinness World Records for Victoria Carter who again raced in fancy dress this year as a Nun and having fun after recent injury….finishing in 3.26!
* Hayley Munn - Brighton….2nd place and a tough day at the office but ran brilliantly to hold on for 2nd ….on a hot day with a windy final 10 miles - 2.45.56.
* Nick Young - Brighton....3.03 - on a day when many struggled Nick shined with a big 12 minute PBand a brilliant performance...then going on to run 3:37 at the ultra tough 3Forts Marathon only 3 weeks later...17 minutes faster than last year! Donato Esposito had his first experience of when the marathon bites back! Donato put in an incredibly brave run having been hampered by piriformis syndrome from 10km onwards...and Kevin Bryne also battled strongly to finish on a hot and challenging day.
* Ian Hunter - Manchester pb …..2.42 great progress for Ian after illness over the past 12 months and plenty of smiles at the finish with his family!
* Chris Goodwin - Brighton - ran a fantastic new PB of 2:48. Chris is a guided runner who has been classified as blind since his mid 30's. This was a brilliant run from Chris in the tough conditions.
* David Percy - Brighton - came in at 3:49:59 bagging a ten minute PB in tough conditions, finishing strongly....looking tired but happy at the beach finish!
* Theresa Jones ran a comfortable race at 4:43:41, whilst she didn't enjoy the heat, she still made sure she got the job done
* Will Rawling - Tokyo Marathon…..capped a good block of training with a new pb of 2.49, well done Will - excellent progress.
* Michael Gilbert's marathon debut at VLM saw him pull out a very strong run, getting a superb time of 2:48:31 - he's now looking to step back to 5km-half marathon racing after excellent progress with his coach Siobhan this year.
* Rich Duft-Tytler enjoyed his first marathon experience at VLM and despite 4 weeks of injury he ran a very good race coming in at 4:34 and raised lots of money for his charity too.
* Sorrell Walsh - Boston Marathon…was first British female and ran a brilliant new PB of 2.54….on a day when the heat put paid to many other PBs and even the elites found it very tough going. Aaron Walker, Olivia Shanks and Matthew Walker also tackled the famous Boston course - whilst none got PBs it was a day to be proud to hold it together and get those 26 miles in the bank. Well done all.
* Sam Cornforth - VLM 2.43 pb and very happy….went off a little fast but held it together and ran strongly to ensure that sub 2:45.
* Susanna Harrison - VLM….3.10…5th V50 and very happy. No pb but another solid and strong marathon and consolidating her position as one of the UKs best masters marathon runners.
* Cecilia Siruffo - VLM….pb and great run but agonisingly just missed sub 3….3.00.14 great result and should be very proud. Looking forward to seeing you smash though the 3 hour barrier next time Cecilia and big week done.
* The marathon is also an event where sometimes the right decision is a professional one to look after your body and know when to step off. Fiona McRitchie - had to stop due to sore calf and we wish her a speedy recovery VLM. Peter Flew - sensibly stopped at half way as his injury niggle had returned. This had been an issue over the past week or two leading into race day after some great training. Very wise to stop and fight another day…well done and George King, hampered by piriformis syndrome made a sensible decision to step off early at London and focus on a good new season ahead.
Becky Gallop crossing the line for her first sub 3!