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Weekly Round up and London Marathon Special 22/4/2018

It was very much a case of LON-DONE for our members this weekend with 15 of them taking part in the iconic race in the Capital. They were a mixture of ballot places, charity runners and those with good for age qualification. Also running were our 2 members who won our Club places for English Athletic affiliated clubs, just one of the benefits of being a member of RFRC.

First athlete home was Gerry Hogg who made it over the line in 2.56. Next home was Dan Talbot (3.09) with Ali Bisatt not far behind with his 3.13.

Showing true Club spirit, Iain Elliott and Emma Kiernan joined forces at mile 20 and supported each other through the last tough miles and crippling cramp to finish together in 3.30. Both have said that they’d really have struggled without the support of their club mate. "No one gets left behind" as it says on our new tshirt.

Sam Wharton passed the Palace in 3.39 with John Martin collecting his medal in 3.56. Richard Carman was next home in 4.15 with the first of our Club place runners Damon Butler hitting the finish line in 4.22. He’d heard the beer was running out so though he’d better get over that line sooner rather than later!

Collecting a medal in 4.25 was Simon Denson. Whilst the London medal is special to everyone, it’s especially important to Simon as it completed his set of 6 for the Marathon Majors. Starting in 2015, Simon has completed runs in Chicago, Berlin, Tokyo, New York and a very soggy Boston Marathon just last weekend. That’s quite a feat and a lot of it is due to Lisa Denson who supported his challenge, booked his flights and probably hunts down lost running socks. Fantastic achievement Simon, what’s next?

First time marathoner David Mackenzie was beaming as he crossed the finish line in 4.56, I suspect his mum Kate who’s also a Club member had an even bigger grin. Tanya Lewis also finished in 4.56.

Dave Porter collected his medal in 6.01 with our second Club place runner Amanda Smith making it home in 6.23. Amanda is also a first time marathoner and was a bit gobsmacked when her name was read out for a place but with the support of the Club, especially Group 9 which she leads, she smashed it.

It was a brutally hot day and there were many casualties along the line, including our David Duthie who had to pull out mid race due to heat exhaustion. He’s fully recovered now and probably already thinking of his next race.
It’s days like yesterday that you can really see the way RFRC pulls together and supports everyone’s achievements be that slowing down to help your club mate make it to the end, travelling up to London to stand in the crowd and try to spot friends or just sit on the sofa and stalk everyone via the telly and online. Many Runners, One Club.
Elsewhere Lisa Windsor took part in the Jurassic Coast 10K, which turned into a 11.7K due to a navigation issue and a 1.36 finish.

Chris Brown was selected as part of the South West team to take part in the AoC National Championships and helped the team to a second place finish overall. It was a great honour to be selected, well done Chris.

This weekend’s parkrun tourists Kate and Malcolm Hutchingsmade their way to Osterley. Thirty five members ran at Longrun Meadow, with Carl Moppett recording his 50th run and PBs for Caroline Wharton and John Baker.

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