London Marathon 2018

By Andy Nicholls
London looks much nicer in the sunshine and, with the Docklands Light Railway strike being cancelled at the last minute, I caught the train to London the day before feeling fairly happy.  Registration and getting to the race start went smoothly and then it was the small matter of running 26.2 miles.
We’d had lots of warnings about not going off too fast, hydrating enough (but not too much!) and so it was a bit of a surprise when the race started and I felt pretty good.  There were many sights along the way: a lady on massive stilts, many of the Grenfell firefighters walking in full gear and even a man in a full suit of armour which made the first half pass fairly quickly.
After that, the heat must have caught up with me. I slowed down and then started to walk/run from mile 16 but the great support from family, Striders and many random strangers kept me going to finish in 4:09.  Well done to Chris Southam 2:54, Nat Teece who improved on her time from last year at 3:06 and Helen Metcalfe 5:31 also fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Thanks to the Committee for awarding me the place and I hope whoever goes next year has better (i.e. worse!) weather.
Andy at the bitter end!
Chris continued his great form in the capital.

 

Natalie looking strong at mile 20.

More March Running

Run Fest Lee Valley Half Marathon
Stilton Striders Natalie Teece and Matt Gayton continue their Spring marathon preparation when they travelled to London to run the Run Fest Lee Valley half marathon on Sunday 25th March .
Natalie had another excellent run completing the half marathon in a new personal best time 1hr 24. 47 , finishing 2nd lady and 27th overall . Matt Gayton was not too far behind with another good run in 45th place in 1 hr 31. 36.
Desford 5
Also on Sunday 25th March, a group of Striders travelled to Desford for the 2nd leg of the Leicestershire road running league: Desford 5.
First back for Striders was Jason Barton in an excellent 8th place in 28 min 30. Next back was Luke Eggleston in 48th in 30.50 , 69th was Alan Thompson in 31.55, 130th was Darren Glover in 34.20, 132th was Ian Drage in 34.25,  216th  was Julie Bass in 37.00, 248th was Vicki Lowe in 38.18, 348th was Rebecca Forester in 42.02, 352th was Jacqui Riley in 42.17, 373rd was Nick Pryke in 42.53,  395th was Ray Walker in 43.40, 416th was Celia Bown in 44.18,  427th was Vanessa Walker in 44.40,  431st was Alison Wilson in 44.58 and in 493rd was Liz Parkinson in 49.13 .
Well done everyone!

Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

Stilton Strider Natalie Teece was called up to run for Leicestershire and Rutland in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships.  The top runners in the country got the opportunity to run for their  county and Leicestershire’s team included Gemma Steel; a former National and  European cross country champion.
The race took place this year on Saturday 10th March at Prestwold Hall.  The conditions were atrocious with the 8km route deep in mud after the recent wet weather. With the conditions proving difficult even to stand,  Natalie struggled with grip running in shoes without spikes and finished in around 42 minutes in 218th place.  She would have been further up the field had she had cross country spike shoes but she really enjoyed the experience.
Well done Natalie!
Full results for this event and details of next year’s event can be viewed here:
http://www.ukcau.co.uk/crosscountry.htm