In London, one week later, the day of the Virgin London Marathon dawned clear and cool. Things soon heated up and an astounding 22 Chiltern Harriers athletes delivered some hot results to match. Derek Brown was the only Harrier to come back under the elusive three hour marker, clocking a time of 3.59.44 and finishing 66th for his age category.
Several other Chiltern runners managed to finish within the top 100 for their category: Steve Field was 100th in the 60 - 64 group, with a time of 3.46.01; Lucille Weinberger, in the women’s 60 – 64 category finished 97th, with a time of 05.07.48; Tony Molesworth finished a very credible 72nd in the 70+ group, running a great time of 05.01.45; Ali Young, stalwart ultra-marathon runner, did fantastically well to finish in the top 100 women and 17th in her age category and clocking an impressive 3.03.33 ; Barbara Ralph brought in an astounding performance, completing the distance in 3.49.55, which put her 4th in the 60 – 64 category.
There were a great number of other impressive runs from Chiltern Harriers. Ania Gabb, a new member of the Club, was delighted to clock a personal best time of 3.22 (despite suffering some ferocious sunburn!). Other runners completing the marathon in under four hours were: Steve Hall, with a time of 3.34.07; Kate Loach, with a time of 3.58.43; Nick Marsh, with a time of 3.16.38; Nathan Taylor, with a very respectable time of 3.05.01; Hywel Thomas, with a time of 3.43.49; Michael Turney, with a time of 3.17.23 and Tom Ayres, with a time of 3.58.01. Husband and wife team John and Lisa Walker stayed together for the length of the course, both clocking a time of 7.29.16. Melvyn Folkard, who won his place in the marathon through the Club’s own ballot put in a good performance in the hot conditions to run 4.04.36. Just a couple of minutes behind him was Steve Gannon, with a time of 4.07.53. Siv Vatne Lock, in the 45 – 49 category, ran 4.31.22; David Walker, in the 65 – 69 category finished in 5.09.46, continuing his amazing 34 year ‘ever present’ run. Coming in under the five hour marker were David Turner and Kate Edwards, with times of 4.51.44 and 4.43.46 respectively.