London marathon success

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Blackheath & Bromley members were prominent in all areas of the Virgin London Marathon with runners in the main race and the accompanying Mini Marathon; providing helpers in the baggage area at the finish area; and offering a sea of support to the participants around the course.

Leading the Club home in the Marathon was Scott Overall who finished in 17th place in 2.19.55. It wasn’t what Great Britain 2012 Olympian had been looking for. A 65 minute first half saw him on course for a top class time but the last 10km proved a struggle. He was the 6th Briton to finish and it did, however, mean he is the Club Marathon champion.

Next home was Alex Gibbins in 2.34.13 followed by Fintan Parkinson in 2.39.44. Kev May (2.43.47), Danny Brewer (2.49.05) and Andy Tucker (2.59.34) were also inside the three hour mark.

First woman home for the Club was Jenny Neal in 3.25.53 with Kate Pratten second in 3.31.44 and Trudi Carmichael third in 3.57.47.

A total of 28 Club members completed the course with over two and half hours covering the first to last. With Mo Farah timing 2.08.21, Club member Mark Steinle is now only the second fastest Briton over the distance this Century with the 2.09.17 he ran in 2002.

The Club’s youngsters enjoyed considerable success in the Mini Marathon both individually and as part of the Bromley teams in the London Boroughs Challenge; and also, for some, as part of the London teams in the British Athletics Road Challenge.

In fact, Bromley were in the top three in five of the six age group team results and Club athletes were in three of the winning London teams in the British Challenge.

In the London Boroughs race under 17 girls race Niamh Bridson Hubbard was first home in 4th and with Anna Myers, Leah Everson , Janae Galley, Samantha Leighton and Jennifer Sheasby the team finished in 3rd place.

It was bronze also for the boys team led home by Richard Webb in 3rd. and Will Fuller in 4th followed by William Bardsley, Marc Foxhall, Tom Desborough and Bertie Harrington.

The under 15 girls race saw the Bromley team claim victory with Jessica Keene 2nd, Kelsey Fuss 4th, and Yasmin Austridge 7th all making the top 10. Georgina Taylor, Shannon Riskey and Tammy Falshaw completed the scoring.

Another three Club members made the top 10 in the boys race with Marco Arcuri 3rd, Alexander Wiltshire 7th and Niyi Akin Agunbiade 9th. Jake Potter, Arthur Carey and Oscar Hussey completed the sextet that finished in second place.

The other winning team were the under 13 boys with Henry James Cowie 2nd and Michael Eagling 3rd followed by Angus Harrington, Coleman Corry, Peter Guy and Keir Lundy.

The girls team were 6th led home by Alice Prentice in 26th supported by Millie Smith, Grace Scopes, Emilie Penlington, Holly Wright and Lily Tappenden.

The Boroughs race took place in tandem with the British Challenge which involved teams from all regions of the UK. Niamh Bridson Hubbard was 11th overall in the under 17s and part of the London team which won. Richard Webb and Will Fuller were 13th and 15th helping the London quartet to second place.

In the under 15s Jessica Keene was 5th overall and Kelsey Fuss 17th and represented half of the winning London team.

Similarly in the under 13 boys London won again with Henry James Cowie 8th and Michael Eagling 12th.

Note results are provisional and subject to update. For further details and pictures of the races plus further Club news visit the website at www.bandbhac.org.uk

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