Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

Date:
28/04/2019
Country:
Greenwich Park, London
Distance:
Marathon
One of the biggest running events in the World, attracting athletes from across the globe, the London Marathon is now in its 37th year and 2018 promises to be the biggest ever. Having changed only very slightly over the years, the London Marathon follows a path well-known to anyone lucky enough to have taken part. (“It all started in the pub…..”)

Mike Houston
John Tougher
Alice Doggrell
Tim Jones
Philip Turner
Peter Akrill
Keith Luxon
Robin Phillips
Keval Bhatt
Julian Moore
Mitch Phillips
Mike Boucher
Alastair Pickburn
Gill Bland

Mike Boucher
02:43:37

In short:
Pacing duty! Got to 16 miles then I eased off and finished it off as best I could.

In full:
8 weeks after Tokyo was always going to be a big ask so when I heard my club mate Louise Small was making her debut I decided pacing her might be slightly more fun. Setting off at just inside 6 minute pace we reached the half in 77:50 but by 16 it was clear that she had outrun her domestique. She went on to record a highly creditable 2:39 debut (which only puts her fifth on the all time club rankings and fourth behind Charlie, Steph and Lily within the last 6 months!) Meanwhile I then had to finish the job: steady running it in to just dip inside 2:44. I probably won't be trying back to back maximum effort marathons again any time soon, but a hugely enjoyable day.



Alastair Pickburn
02:27:55

In short:
1min 35sec PB and a mind blowing run, nothing like smashing it around the streets of London to the cheers of hundreds of thousands of supporter!

In full:
THe plan was to get to halfway in 74ish minutes & see how things felt. Things turned out to feel very good, well within typical marathon heart rate, so I kept going. Canary Wharf was tricky with some headwind in places but I managed to keep the pace on the money. My legs started to complain a bit in the last 5k, but there was still gas in the tank to finish with only a 6 second positive split. Best race ever.



Gill Bland
2:57:14

In short:
After two years off, what a joy to be back. How is it though that you always feel like you could have gone harder... Well at least you do after you hit that finish mat

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Ben Butler-Madden
02:32:23

In short:
Wow...wasn’t expecting that! 2nd marathon PB within a few months

In full:
Hopefully this time is quick enough to get on the podium this week after my lovely partner Beth Apglyn was featured on the show last week for her catalogue pose at the Pyongyang Marathon in North Korea. We love our marathon adventures! After running a PB of 2:34 at the Tokyo Marathon in March I was pleasantly surprised that the training was still in the legs, London was amazing! I even ran 16 minutes faster than last years London Marathon heatwave...it was hot Tom...honest ;)



James Eckloff
02:48:36

In short:
First major, big PB, just wow.

In full:
After listening to everybody's London advice of DONT START TOO FAST, I got carried away in the atmosphere and ran the first half far too fast. a Half marathon PB infact, of 1:21:04. So yeah, dead by 17 and just hung on for as long as possible. So chuffed to get a sub 2:50 and an 8 minute PB. The crowds were amazing, the race was amazing. But i didnt get to fully appreciate the last third. I got no magic feeling running down the mall. Head down, one foot in front of the other. Cant wait for the next one!



Richard Mcdowell
2:23:08

In short:
Another big PB, and very close to my target time!

In full:
Goal had been set at an arbitrary 2:22 as this seemed like a potentially achievable if ambitious target. Got into a good little group early which was going at a solid 2:20 pace, not necessarily perfect pacing for my target, but I was reluctant to abandon them and run solo given the significant headwind for the majority of the course. Came through half-way bang on 70 minutes, equalling my half PB, so I knew it was going to start hurting soon. Intentionally dropped off that pack at around 25km as I could tell I was courting detonation if I didn't. Started sweeping up solo runners soon after, and I think I passed the majority of the earlier pack. 3 minute positive split could have been a lot worse considering the initial pace, so pretty pleased. 10th non-elite, and 1st V40 from the mass-start. Also 3rd team for Hercules Wimbledon as the 2nd scorer.



Ben Goddard
02:31:45

In short:
The support at London never fails to amaze me and almost helped me to my target time. Sad to see it slip away in the final miles, but still a big PB so I'm a happy chappy!

In full:
Next time - next time!



Olivia Zeltner
03:04:07

In short:
I made the last minute decision to run after going back and forth about it all week. The main goal was to enjoy the day, as I had struggled to do that at the Boston marathon 13 days prior when the newton hills chewed me up and spat me out. Well I did that and then some, bettering my Pb set at Boston 2 weeks ago by 6 minutes! Can't wait for the next one!

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Steve Shaughnessy
03:20:42

In short:
Slowest of 5 London Marathons but after surgery and radiotherapy during the autumn and winter, the most satisfying.

In full:
Perfect running conditions and only decided 2 1/2 weeks before that I was fit enough to attempt it. Even though, I only expected to complete in 3.25 to 3.30, my finish time of 3.20.42 was only 2 mins slower than last year's very warm event.



Jayne Lynas
03:32:59

In short:
Super happy with a great run and a shiny 3 minute new PB.

In full:
Kept hearing Dr M Yelling’s words in my ears “be controlled and be patient” and this helped me so much. Those last 7Ks were so hard but I stuck with and just kept running. Hopefully will be a good for age place for 2020.



Jayne Lawton
03:13:30

In short:
A celebration of racing, running humanity and kindness wrapped up in a day! Fantastic course, you get to see so many people running to support. My race strategy was to go out and try to get as near to 3 as I could as I comfortably finished Manchester in 3.07, sadly I got sick at mile 14 and with the amazing support got home in 3.13. 2 marathon done 3 more this year!

In full:
Wonderful and brilliant people all together supporting running and runners. Amazing life stories battles and challenges that bring them together for the wonderful London course. Interestingly there were so many Nike Vaporflies worn and they all said the bouncy carbon plate did shave minutes off racing? I don't know as I like ultra's and wear comfy minimal trainers.......?



David Lewis
02:55:12

In short:
Absolutely thrilled. 4 min PB. Grin still hasn't left my face. Doesn't get better than this.

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Caroline Tuck
03:46:04

In short:
5 second negative split

In full:


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