York Marathon. Oct 2013

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By Lynn Humpleby

SPIRITS were high in Pickering Running Club (PRC) after members old and new tackled the first ever York Marathon last month.

A pack of 18 members were among the 6,000 runners taking part in the inaugural Plusnet Yorkshire marathon on October 20th.

It was particularly special for club stalwart Terry Greene who made the event his 100th and last ever marathon.

Joining him were new members who started on the club’s beginners’ course just 18 months ago unable to run a mile.

Now they faced the nerve-wracking 26.2mile course after months of intensive training and preparation.

First across the line for PRC was Richard Todd who after months of hard training came in under four hours in 3:57:11.

Close behind was former Malton rugby player Andy Mitchell who clocked 3:56:40 in an impressive long distance effort.

Despite being dogged by injury and illness, Phil Richardson was the next green shirt to cross triumphantly across the line in 4:05:31.

Sue Slack was the first club lady in 4:21:37 in a breathtaking performance which was doubtless aided by her training for the mountain marathon challenge later in the month.

Next was the man club supporters had been waiting for, Terry Greene, who crossed the line in 4:33:26 in a poignant finish to his marathon journey.

Running buddies, Hannah Bosomworth and Claire Smith were hot on Terry’s tail and surprised themselves with their 4:34:25 finish.

A radiant Philly Hare give her trademark sprint finish to clock 4:35:15 ahead of her mountain marathon challenge at the end of the month.

Seasoned marathon runner Nicola Wise came in a minute later in 4:34:35 in a spirited and determined effort.

Next to finish was Shirley Tyrrell who claimed a fabulous time of 4:36:22 in well-paced race.

First across the line for the pack of first timers was Sadie Pattison who started strong and battled against injury to bag an impressive 4:56:08.

Sally Raines who gave it her all to finish in 5:02:02 – an impressive effort especially as she only started running less than two years ago.

Dean Wise demonstrated an iron will and a steady pace and bagged a fine time of 5:15:07. 

Next were marathon first timers Sally Brown and Lisa Heselwood who came in at 5:24:55 and 5:24:57 respectively.

Beginners’ club graduate, Ailish Lilley, was next to prove that grit and determination will get you through the 26 miles and clocked 5:47:32.

And coming in just under the six hour mark was Marion Bets who recorded 5:56:42 in a fine effort.

Speaking after the race, Dean Wise said: “It was a fantastic event and great to see so many PRC club members running in the race.

“The support from the crowds along the route was phenomenal and many club members who were not able to get a place were at the roadside to give their support and encouragement.

“It was a really special day, several of our members were running their first ever marathon and, of course, Terry was running his 100th. It made me very proud to be a part of the club.”

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Event Report
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Sun 26 Jan 2014 (All day)