It’s the biggest street party in the UK. 26.2 miles of cheers, beers, fears and tears. Dreams of glory after months of hard work in the dark and cold of winter all coming together in one big jamboree of running. K&D sent a number of their troops into battle against Eliud Kipchoge and thousands of other runners.
Chris Morgan stole the show as he smashed through the 2:50 barrier. After a 1:23:15 first half Chris stayed strong to run 2:49:04.
Next up was Chairman Darren who put 12 months of lungs filled with blood clots behind him to run under three hours, clocking 2:58:26. It was a close call between Darren, Tim Price (2:58:50) and Torsten Roesler (2:59:01) who all ticked off their Good For Age qualification.
Paul Bentley ran a superb PB of 3:01:10 to add to the GFA list. Edging ever closer to a sub-3 time. He’ll get to try again next year now. Ainsley Wainwright continued his super improvement to run a brilliant 3:09:27 as he took to the marathon like a duck to water.
Riina Kuuselo, back in the Green and Gold had earned the right to start from the Championship start with the elite women. While the race was difficult due to injuries in training her 3:19:45 was a brilliant gritty performance.
Mike McDonald ran his 2nd marathon in April and clocked 3:38:13. Steve Pensom in his debut set a sub-4 target. He smashed that with a 3:50:26. Reward for months of hard work. Simon Krstic, after a devestating last minute injury in 2018, came back and conquered london in 3:59:42. Earning his medal and tshirt with a great display of bouncebackability.
Stacey Morgan ran a superb 4:13:40, Steven Skakel clocked 4:37:09 and a special mention to Peter Little who was 48th in the 70-74 age category and after a couple of years of injury hell ran 4:29:49. A wonderful display of grit and determination.
K&D have 6 men under 3 hours by 1st May in 2019. That’s already a record. Talk about competition. Excellence breeds excellence.
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