London Marathon, 23/4/12

Plenty of Leeds City interest in this year’s London Marathon, especially at the sharp end with 2 club members aiming for Olympic qualifying times. James Walsh made his marathon debut with an eye on the very tough time of 2:12 set by UKA. There was a group of Brits with similar aspirations but the fast early pace took its toll on all, and the qualifying pace slipped away. With an eye on recovering for another quick track season, James pulled out at 25k. In the women’s race, Susan Partridge had to aim for 2:28 to ensure qualification. Unfortunately it was not to be and she finished in 2:37:41, still a very creditable time. No doubt both will be back soon, even stronger.

 

However, in good news for the club, Dave Webb, after gaining the A-standard of a top 20 finish at last year’s World Championship marathon, has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Olympics this summer. Congratulations and good luck with preparations to Dave!

 

Meanwhile, Darran Bilton used all his experience to run a very controlled, consistent race, finishing in 2:34:55, placing him 1st M45-49 (new category, same old position….)! After a fast start, James Smith faded a little in the second half, finishing in 2:36:23. Gav Chatterton, despite suffering from calf and groin cramps, finished in 2:41:03. Oliver Ziff, in his debut marathon, ran a negative split by around 6:30 to finish in 2:47:30, which suggests a faster time to come next time. He wasn’t far ahead of Sarah Peterson, who had a great run to finish in 2:50:11, a time which put her 11th out of all the women starting from the mass start. Chris Corcoran finished in 3:25:03, Sian Davies ran 3:39:46 whilst Mike Burrett unfortunately had to pull out before halfway after failing to shake off a stomach virus.