SEVEN Stratford AC runners were in action as the Brighton Marathon celebrated its tenth anniversary with another fantastic event locals can be proud of.
More than 17,500 runners took part in various races over the two days, with more than 150,000 spectators cheering them on.
First of the Stratford runners to finish was Adam Evans in a magnificent personal best time of 3:23.16. This was a 13-minute improvement on his previous best time and he is hoping to improve on this when he runs in the Edinburgh Marathon in late May.
Evans was followed by Karl Harris, whose time of 3:48.49 was another PB, almost 12 minutes quicker than his time in this race last year.
Just over a minute behind Karl was Lynne Hinson, who was competing in her first marathon. Her many weeks of training paid off as she finished in 3:49.57 to finish 15th in her age group of 315.
Hinson said: “It was an amazing experience running my first marathon and the support from the public was incredible.
“I felt good for the first 16 miles then I started to get a shooting pain every now and again above my left knee. At 22 miles it was really niggling but nothing was going to stop me getting to that finish line.
“I powered on and I can honestly say the last four miles felt more like ten, plus I was running against a headwind along the seafront.
“Karl Harris, who ran with me pretty much all the way, kept me going and the crowd were amazing. To cross that finish line was overwhelming and I was so pleased with my time of 3:49:47 and 15th in my age group.”
Next to finish for the club was Pete Wharton, who was going well until he became ill after about 18 miles, however he did manage to finish the race in 3:54.15.
Adrian Mason had a strong run for the first 15 miles but then developed a hip niggle and had to slow, but was still delighted to break the four-hour mark to finish in 3:57:18.
SAC’s international marathon runner Kate Sergent was next to finish in 4:55.59. She finished fifth in her age category, a full 44 minutes ahead of the sixth-placed finisher. Nic Reynolds completed the race in 5:47.37.
The race was won by Peter Le Grice in 2:16.23 and first lady finisher was Helen Davies in 15th place with a time of 2:34.08.
In the Brighton 10k, SAC was represented by Sarah Boundy who clocked 53.05. The race was won by Nick Goolab in 28.22, with the first lady to finish, in 58th place, being international Steph Twell in a PB of 31.38.
Report by David Jones.