Ashford and District Runners Shine at the London Marathon

A&DRRC were well represented at the London Marathon with outstanding performances from across the team.
First home for the club was Nick Collins finishing 42nd in the V40 category and beating his own V40 marathon club record with an outstanding 2:35:58. To put this in context it is the equivalent of running over 8 consecutive sub 19 minute 5k’s.
Brothers Janusz and Robert Latala had their own personal battle with Janusz taking the honours this time out. Robert in his first run out for A&D for quite a while clocked a very impressive 2:47:24.
There was no bad luck for Scotty Lynch on his 13th marathon. Scotty ran his first sub 3 hour marathon in a time of 2:59:57. A reward for his text book preparation and metronomic pacing on the day.
Andrew Noble seems to enjoy the capital city marathons and followed up his trip to Berlin with another good for age run in 3:10:37. There was a well deserved personal best for Cris Francis finishing in 3:38:57.
Simon Jackson has worked incredibly hard for his debut marathon, his training has been and example to all. Great pacing gave Simon a time of 4:00:05. Another marathon debutant, Daniel Head, battled through stomach cramps from mile 21 finishing in 4:01:20.
Ed Rodger is no stranger to the marathon and completed this one in 4:10:46.
Linda Jean Delport put her Brighton marathon experiences behind her and led home the A&D ladies with a time of 3:39:59. Essen Larsen was next home in 3:56:14.
A year of injuries and knock backs was not going to stop Lesley Taylor making full use of her good for age place. Lesley finished in 4:12:05.
There was tremendous support throughout the day from a contingent of A&D members, making sure the runners were not short of encouragement.
In conjunction with the main London Marathon a virtual London Marathon also took place. James Phillips took advantage of the calm conditions Sunday venturing across Romney Marsh covering the marathon distance in 4:05:10. Stu Nunn with a strong group of support runners took to the streets and lanes around Ashford, battling through with a time of 4:26:25.
Aurelie Morris and Tracey Calnan covered the virtual marathon together completing their runs in times of 4:15:06 and 4:18:47 respectively.
The Hastings 10k was an opportunity for the ever improving Holly Cook to run a personal best of 46:48 finishing 4th lady.

In her first race as a V60 runner Chris Costiff was 1st lady at the Bewl off-road 10k in a time of 45:28.
There was a tremendous turnout at the A&D take over of Park Run. Club members were out in numbers and filled the volunteers places needed to make this much loved community event go ahead.