Virgin London Marathon. Sunday 22nd April 2018.

What a marathon the capital city had yesterday. 40,000 runners on the start line, 24’C temperatures, nine Elswick Harriers šŸ™‚ and probably the best collective, female & male professional marathon athletes on the start line (890 million pounds raised since the first race). To the races. Starting with the wheelchair athletes: Britain’s Dave Weir won in a thrilling fast 200 m sprint to the line in 1.31.15. Australian’s Madison De Rozario took the ladies title in an equally thrilling finish.Ā In the ladies race it was a perfectly paced run by Vivian Cheruiyot who took the win in a superb 2.18.31. The favourite going into the race, Mary Keitany started to fade after 15 miles, couldn’t take the win (and an anticipated) world record time (right –Ā  the leading female athletes gathered pre-race).Ā In the men’s race it was Eliud Kipchoge (pictured left) who produced a superb 2.04.17 to take the men’s race. He controlled the race from start to finish. He asked the pace makers to go through half way in 61 minutes……and they did. Stone dead in 61 minutes. Mo Farah on his change from ‘track to marathon’ aspirations, broke the British record finishing in 3rd place with 2.06.21.Ā 

2018 VLM winners: Cheruiyot & Kipchoge


Team Elswick were superb. All nine athletes without doubt, gave their best. For all runners, those searing temperatures, put paid to any chance of a marathon pb – but there will be a next time šŸ™‚ The next time you see your fellow 2018 London marathon finisher Harrier, please do give them a ‘well done & congratulations’. They deserve it. Below are there times & finishing positions. If I may say so, a superb run by Andrea Banner. A great marathon run.Ā 

For all results please visit: london marathon results

Place overall Place gender Place cat. Name Runner no Category Half Finish
8924 1957 404 Ā» Aspinall, Elspeth (GBR) 28760 40-44 01:48:18 03:56:34
2882 225 19 Ā» Banner, Andrea (GBR) 880 45-49 01:33:54 03:19:24
6014 5080 517 Ā» Emson, Robert (GBR) 20288 50-54 01:46:47 03:40:56
3127 2855 1503 Ā» Houghton, Richard (GBR) 32219 18-39 01:32:36 03:21:26
6361 5306 872 Ā» Jardin, David (GBR) 27284 45-49 01:48:53 03:43:01
16527 11897 1262 Ā» Lambert, Robert (GBR) 20289 50-54 01:58:16 04:32:44
1706 1623 205 Ā» Old, Jason (GBR) 31585 45-49 01:23:59 03:07:52
9253 2072 300 Ā» Spoor, Debra (GBR) 28400 45-49 01:49:18 03:58:04
2127 2005 118 Ā» Turnbull, Mark (GBR) 33176 50-54 01:30:12 03:12:24

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