STRATFORD Athletic Club duo Emily Adams and Pete Evans competed in the Tokyo Marathon, which forms part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors – a series consisting of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world.
The Tokyo event – which carries the theme ‘The Day We Unite’ – was the fifth of these majors for the Stratford pair who decided to run together in their hunt for a sub-four-hour time, hopefully closer to 3:45hrs.
The target was achieved as they crossed the finishing line in 3:40.22hrs, to the delight of both.
That is five of the six majors completed for both of them, with Adams due to complete her sixth in Boston in April and Evans in Chicago in October.
PHIL BRENNAN clocked 1:20.21 – his best over ten miles for two years – to take silver in the British Masters Ten-mile Road Race Championship in Rhyl and move into second place in the national M75 rankings.
SARAH WHEELER was first home for Stratford AC in the Bourton 10k in the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water.
Wheeler clocked 40.43 to finish 112th overall, 16th lady and fourth in her age category. Next to finish for the club was Seanin McPherson in 123rd place, 22nd lady and first in her age category thanks to a personal best time of 41.22 before she shifts her focus to duathlons.
James Deacon, in a time of 45.30, was the final Stratford runner to finish in 228th place.
THE ROUTE for the Hillingdon 10k is a residential setting which starts and finishes in the modern surroundings of Brunel University, Uxbridge – a hub for sporting achievement and talent with many current and future international-standard sportsmen and women training at its world-class sports facilities.
In-form Stratford AC runner Josh Newman had a truly magnificent run, finishing second in a field of 267 runners in the superb time of 34.38.