Road Runners on the run in London, Paris and Uxbridge

Manchester Marathon

A group of 14 D&T Roadrunners headed north and took part in Sunday’s Greater Manchester Marathon. After London and Brighton this is the UK’s third largest marathon and boasts the flattest course of them all.

Steve Russell was first club member home in a great time of 3:27:58. Next in were Tom Mack and Andy Wass who were both making their marathon debuts. They clocked excellent times of 3:28:36 and 3:32:50 respectively. Tony Reeve was next with a big personal best in 3:43:05, followed by D&T’s first lady across the line, Georgina Mann, who finished in a speedy 3.51.25. Also securing a PB was Julie Groves who crossed the line in 3:55:30 with Phil Pugh close behind in 3:57:01.

Charlotte Ashton was another member of the PB club finishing in 4:03:43 with Samantha Sullivan next in 4:04:53. John Stevens ran an impressive 4:06:48 whilst Jim Mason and Danny Wells both produced excellent runs knocking huge amounts off of their previous best times with Jim clocking 4:14:32 PB and Danny 4:28:05 PB.

Completing the D&T line up were the trio of Michelle Ashwell, Annette Howard and Kirsty Russell. Training plans were badly hampered by injury for these three ladies who all took the decision to take part with no time goal in mind but to complete the race being achievement enough.

Well done to all who took part!

Jim and Andy, who didn’t make the group photo!

Paris Marathon

Jamie Marlow and Chris Marriott made the short hop across the English Channel over the weekend to take on the Paris Marathon on Sunday morning. Both ran extremely well with Chris setting himself a new PB and breaking the 3 hour mark by finishing in 2:59:47. Jamie finished just slightly back in a time of 3:01:45. These times saw them finish in 944th and 1092nd places respectively amongst a field of over 42,000 runners.

Well done Chris and Jamie!

Grand Union Canal Half Marathon

We had just one club member taking part in the GUCHM18, a point-to-point race from Uxbridge along the Grand Union Canal to Cassiobury Park in Watford.

Mandy Jackson was at it again, tearing up the record books for the VF60 age group with a superb 23-minute PB of 2.13:58 in the Grand Union Canal Half Marathon, fast enough for third in her category and a real confidence booster as she heads into her taper for the London Virgin Marathon – her first stab at the distance. That makes four records in as many months for Mandy – and we’re sure she’s not done yet.

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About Catherine Davies

Catherine has been an active member of Dacorum & Tring AC Road Runners since 2007, and her three children have all passed through Mike Dunphy's Middle Distance squad.