The Flora London Marathon took place on the weekend of 13th April. 35,044 people started the race at 9.45am and by 6.30pm 34,420 runners had crossed the finishing line.
The race was won by Martin Lel in 2 hours 5 min 15. Stroud AC runner Dan Robinson was first British runner in 2.13.10. Irina Mikitenko won the women’s race in 2.24.14. The last timed runner finished in 7.58.58.
Dursley AC had 4 runners taking part. Trevor Lewis had a terrific run finishing in 1482 place in 3.05.43, coming 6th out of 555 in the V60 age group. Graeme Hawkins tried to stay with Trevor but failed, finishing in 2382 place in 3.14.26 and 21st in the same age group. Kevin Jackson “hit the wall” in the last few miles, finally finishing in 3646 place in 3.24.28.
Erica Martin, one of Fred Yearsley’s coaching successes when she was younger, ran her first marathon – never an easy thing to do – but she had a brilliant run finishing in 2256 place in 3.13.36, 21st out of 2214 in her age group. The time of 3.13.36 puts Erica into the Elite Womans Race for next year.