Eight Bungay Black Dog Running Club athletes were in the capital last weekend for the Virgin London Marathon – each with their own story to tell.
First across the finish line among them was Sophie Bell running her first marathon after balancing her training alongside studying at Nottingham University. She finished in three hours and 36 minutes, a ‘good-for-age (GFA) performance that guarantees her automatic entry in next year’s event.
Jane Hannah, who had vowed to complete the race in under four hours and cover the last few miles with a smile on her face, achieved both her objectives in a time of 3:52.
Stu Young, who was raising money for two worthy causes – Brain Tumour Research and Altzheimers Research UK – was home in 4:21.
Tanya Holloway thought her mum was at home in Greece computer tracking her over the course of her first marathon, so it was quite an emotional surprise when Tanya spotted her as she passed over Tower Bridge on her way to a 4:26 finish.
Amy Godbold, who trained with Tanya was also running her first 26-miler alongside her friend, raising more than £3000 for the charity Children with Cancer UK and finishing in 4:29.
Cari Honeywood was home in 4:43, and veteran Robin Farrar – a long-time GFA qualifier who ran his first marathon in 2008 at the age of almost 66 – ducked under the sub five-hour target he set for his 15th race over the distance with 4:56. Mitzy O’Loughlin who counts London as her home town, had been waiting 15 years for the opportunity to run the VLM, rewarding Papworth Trust with the £1800-plus her fundraising earned for the charity. Following weekly physio and ultrasound treatment, she finished in 5:06.
Meanwhile, lone Black Dog Bob Jack was taking part in a celebration of his own, marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by taking part in the Stratford upon Avon Half marathon and completing it in a season best 2:30.
MUM’S THE WORD: Tanya Holloway, who spotted the mum she thought was at home in Greece on Tower Bridge
MEDICAL RESEARCH: Stu Young, whose London Marathon efforts earned funds for Brain Tumour Research and Altzheimers Research UK
GOOD FOR AGE: Nottingham University student Sophie Bell who balanced training for her first marathon alongside the need to study
LONG WAIT REWARDED: Mitzy O’Loughlin who waited 15 years to run the VLM, and raised £1800 for Papworth Trust
CHILDREN WITH CANCER: Amy Godbold, who raised over £3000 for Children with Cancer UK