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Report by Ian Lockyer
2014-04-11 13:00:16

Thanet Roadrunners Excel in Brighton and Manchester Marathons

The London Marathon, which takes place this weekend, maybe preoccupying some of our thoughts at the moment.  However, last weekend a number of Thanet Roadrunners took part in two of the biggest other marathons in the UK.  All members did exceedingly well, coming in with some fantastic performances.

Andy Stevens was the only club member to take part in the Manchester Marathon.  He ran the marathon in  3 hours 18 minutes smashing his personal best by almost six minutes. He said, 'Being a Manchester United supporter, crossing the finish line outside Old Trafford was an experience I will never forget.'

Taking part in the Brighton Marathon were  Kerry Barnard,  Manda Nicholls, Bradley Cameron, Sean Mason and Helen Spain.  Helen said, 'It was the first time that I have run the Brighton marathon.  Despite the dreary weather forecast for the day, the rain held off and even the hills did not seem as bad as I had been warned.   A procession of vintage minis with loud horns led the whole race and as the course doubled back several times, we all got the chance to see them – which was good fun.  I was very pleased to finish in 3 hours 55 minutes which is a personal best and the first time I have broken the 4 hour barrier.  I celebrated with a pint of beer on Brighton beach which was cool. 

A special note for Stephen Tong who completed the Brighton Marathon in a time of 4hrs and 34 minutes.   This is one of 3 events that Stephen is tackling in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support with the final Ironman UK Bolton event on Sunday 20 July 2014 which involves a 2.4 mile swim, 112mile bike, 26.2 mile run.

 

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