Five Striders take on the London Marathon

Gareth Hutchinson, seen at Worthing, courtesy of Sussex Sport Photography.
Gareth Hutchinson, seen at Worthing, courtesy of Sussex Sport Photography.

Five Seaford Striders were fortunate enough to be among 36000 participants in the massively over subscribed 34th Virgin Money London Marathon.

Due to the sheer volume, there are staggered starts from 3 different locations which converge after 3 miles and the Mo Farah factor and glorious sunshine clearly boosted the crowd to record levels as they lined the streets of the capital.

Conditions were perfect at the start but as the race progressed the temperatures rose which had an adverse effect on finishing times.

Kenyans Wilson Kipsang and Edna Kiplagat won the Mens and Womens race in 2.04.27 and 2.20.21 respectively.

First for the Striders once again was Phil Carr in 3.00.16 with Gareth Hutchinson close by in 3.00.49 followed by Dave Dunstall 3.15.35.

Striders club members regularly benefit from Gareths’ training sessions and he proved their effectiveness by smashing his personal best by 13 mins.

It’s testament to their competitive spirit that there was disappointment in not achieving the holy grail of long distance running, a sub-3 hour marathon, but Phil and Dave have done this in the past and their times are once again improving. With friendly rivalry, this awesome trio will be back next year to put things right.

Following her early season Ultra marathon exploits, Karen Clinton posted 4.07.31, and Alan Hards 4.28.03 marked a successful return to the marathon distance after injury. Both posted times just a couple of minutes outside their personal bests and on an unforgettable day in one of the worlds most prominent marathons, all five can be justifiably proud of their efforts.