35,500 runners took on the London Marathon with perfect spectating weather bringing out huge support to cheer them on the way around the classic 26.2 mile test of endurance.
Representing the Pocklington Runners Club were 14 runners who had trained hard during the winter months to be well prepared for the challenging race through the streets of the capital.
Only two weeks after a fast run in the Hull Marathon, Richard Ginn turned in another sub three-hour result, crossing the finishing line in 2:57:57 which gave him a top 1,000 placing of 992. Steven Worth, running only his third marathon, produced a fantastic PB of 3:04:04, Jim Holding had a strong run of 3:15:13, Alison Thornton’s 3:31:13 gave her 78th in her category, the highest category placing for the club on the day.
Alan Kendra recorded a solid 3:38:40 to finish ahead of Jill Dowson in a superb time of 3:40:04. Adele Shipley had another good London result with 3:45:13. Next back was Clive Reid who beat the four-hour barrier with a time of 3:57:45. Marcus Bourne set out to enjoy his London marathon experience and came back in 4:22:33, Liz El Jassar will be pleased with her debut marathon run of 4:34:02, and Paul Sheridan, who was making the switch from triathlon events, recorded a time of 4:43:43.
Nicola Jenkins got around her first 26.2 mile race in a strong 4:51:37, Giles Brighton, another debut marathon runner, ground out a finishing time of 5:36:24 and Fay Reddington put in a huge effort to complete the London Marathon in 8:11:54. Simon Richardson set out carrying a long-term injury which prevented him from completing the race.
More than 800 runners congregated in Wakefield to run a 10K road race organised to raise funds for the local hospice.
Three members of Pocklington Runners enjoyed the bright sunny conditions and the undulating out and back course. Stuart Evans was pleased to record a nippy 41:50 with Laynie Gowthorpe turning in a solid PB of 63:47 and Jackie Evans, running her first race in four years, also getting a PB with an excellent time of 70:00.
Recent results include Debbie Rycroft running the Baildon Boundary half marathon - a hilly, mixed-terrain course taking in canal paths, woodland and open moor land. Debbie completed the race in 2:18:00. Also running was Simon Rycroft who spent the first nine miles with Debbie and then kicked on and, despite tripping up and incurring cuts to elbow and knee, finished in 1:59.
The Rycrofts also competed at York Park run with Debbie gaining a PB of 24:45 (second in category) which she has subsequently improved to 24:41 (first in category).
Pocklington Runners meet for training runs on Wednesday evenings at the rugby club at 6.30pm. For full details visit www.pockrunners.com.