London Marathon runners faced record temperatures for the grueling 26.2 mile race on Sunday. The mass race kicked off at 10 am and temperatures hit 23C – making it the hottest London Marathon on record. Runners faced uncomfortable conditions, but the sunshine and warm weather was expected to lead to one of the biggest crowds ever turning out to cheer on the 47,000 runners.
This years RSE club place went to the ever inspiring Mark Manley who, as always, did RSE proud completing the distance in 3:43:57 before requiring medical attention! We are pleased to hear all is well now and he will no doubt be back racing again very soon, knowing our Mark!
Andy Sampson, who received last year’s club place but deferred until this year, also put in a stellar performance finishing in 4:09:00. Although it may not have been the time hoped for, remember you can only control the controllable Andy, and your effort, attitude and focus was spot on!
RSE member Debbie Rees-Jones ran for charity raising over £8000 for Macmillan. Such a fantastic achievement Debbie, well done, as is the finishing time of 5:15:03.
A final mention to Matt Lambourne who had also deferred his RSE club place from 2017 to run this year, now under his new club Cheltenham and County Harriers, he finished in 3:55:06.
Congratulations to all of you, such incredible times in the tough conditions.
Run Mhor Hidden Glen 10K
Starting at the Monachyle Mhor Hotel in Balquhidder, this Scottish 10k features over 800ft of elevation. Wearing the RSE vest for the first time, on Saturday, Kay Thompson completed the beautiful route in 1:25:11. Fantastic work, Kay!
Swindon: Steve Sandercock 25:58 & Caroline Sandercock 34:11.
Chester: Charlie Austin 35:06.
Netley Abbey: Paul Coates 24:56 & Caroline Coates 31:54.
Chipping Sodbury: Richard Marshall 28:57.
Cirencester: Andy Masser 21:54; Gareth Roberts 24:14 & Elspeth Murano 50:52.
Linford Wood: Pete Whitmore 40:22.
Sadly, Pete will not be renewing his membership this year with RSE due to work commitments. We wish you all the best in your future running endeavors Pete, and please do join us for a club run anytime you are back in Cirencester.
Congratulations to all runners, racers, volunteers and supporters this week. Go Team RSE!