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Report by Ed Heardman
2010-09-18 12:41:27

TRAC at the London Marathon


Despite dire predictions of blazing sunshine and high temperatures mid week, London Marathon day weather proved not to be quite so trying, although temperatures were still high enough to make it a warm day for running 26+ miles. Early cloud cover and a couple of showers made the first few hours of the race relatively comfortable but as the day wore on, temperatures rose and runners found the conditions getting tougher.


Following the departure of the elite women, the masses set off at 0945 to follow the now famous course which takes in some of London’s most iconic landmarks such as Tower Bridge and the London Eye and finishes in front of Buckingham Palace.


First TRAC runner home this year was David Hall whose 1:30:39 clocking at half way unfortunately did not lead to the magical sub-3 hour time for the full marathon as conditions took their toll, but he came home in a still respectable 3:15:59 all the same.  David was followed home by Daniel Wright and long-standing club member Nigel Cook, who has several Londons under his belt already.


First Thanet lady was Barbara Gambrill, comfortably ducking under the 4 hour barrier with 3:55:34 despite also slowing slightly in the second half of the race. 2ndTRAC lady home was Julia Hermitage who demonstrated her experience and some good solid training by running comparable times for the two halves of the race, and coming in at 4:19:15, well ahead of her original target.


Experiences of the race this year varied from those who enjoyed it greatly to those who suffered somewhat – but then if running a marathon was easy, everyone would do it!



Known TRAC Finish Times: David Hall 3:15:59; Daniel Wright 3:29:30; Nigel Cook 3:34:29; Matthew Hall 3:34:59; Adrian Waters 3:40:07; John Cooper 3:53:19; Mark Ashmore 3:53:53; Barbara Gambrill 3:55:34; Spencer Hoult 4:01:19; Nigel Ross-Hunt 4:04:24; Edward Kearney 4:08:11; Geoffrey London 4:14:24; Julia Hermitage 4:19:15; Claire Green 4:19:17; Mark Foster 4:20:34; Phil Kinnill 4:37:04; Symon Barkway 4:39:48; Louise Allen 5:05:51; Debbie Hatt 5:07:26; Sharon Foster 5:13:46; Lorraine Fairbard 5:13:46; Darren Baker 5:14:47.



Shakespeare Marathon:


It is easy to forget that there are other races going on around the country on the same day as the London Marathon and TRAC runner Bob Wild spent the day doing the Shakespeare Marathon in Stratford upon Avon, completing it in 4 hrs 12 minutes - just two weeks after completing the Paris marathon!


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