Fran Bond was first Honiton runner home in 3:18 having run a race with very even 5k splits throughout the 26.2 miles. She finished within the first 3000 places which is a great result with a very similar time to when she last ran it 2 years ago. All the Honiton runners have been training extremely hard for the event and Julie Payne was definitely no exception. She has seen some personal best times over recent weeks for races over different lengths and she managed another pb at London knocking 10 minutes off last year’s time to break the magic 3 ½ hour mark in 3:28.
This was Brent Dick’s first marathon and although he was nursing a cold and suffered during the second half, he managed a respectable time of 4:14. Amazingly he finished just 5 seconds quicker than Claire Pomeroy. Claire went really well until about 20 miles when a recurring foot problem came back, plus blisters and a bit of dizziness, so lost a lot of time from then but nevertheless was still pleased with her time.
Nicola Campbell finished next in 4:24 and Warren Oak was not too far behind. Warren took part last year and was determined to have a better experience this year. He set himself a realistic pace and managed to stick to it for about 18 miles. He did manage to beat last year’s time to finish in 4:33 but despite appreciating his family supporting him, he still felt a little disappointed.
Denis Costello found the congestion particularly challenging and crossing the finish line was definitely a highlight. He completed in 5:15. Vanessa Glyn-Jones finished three minutes later finding it too long and hard and vowing never again.
All Honiton runners really appreciated the cheers and encouragement of their fellow club mates particularly on Tower Bridge which gave them a massive boost particularly at the point when they were at a particularly low ebb having run over 20 miles.
By contrast, the previous weekend Stephen Boyes and Ian Stewart ran the hilly Brighton Marathon in a cold wind. Ian Stewart was running his first marathon and finished in 3 hours 38 minutes whereas Steve has run many more and finished in 3:42. Both the men’s and ladies’ course records were broken by Kenya’s Peter Some in 2:12 and Belarus’s Sviatlana Kouhan 2:29 respectively.