GCR members put best foot foward

PUBLISHED: 12:44 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 26 October 2009

Some of Garden City Runners' London Marathon competitors

Some of Garden City Runners' London Marathon competitors

THIRTY Garden City Runners put their best foot forward in Sunday s Flora London Marathon. The club s athletes ranged in age, experience, times they expected and charities they raised money for. Kerry Henderson, 29, has only been running for one year and t

THIRTY Garden City Runners put their best foot forward in Sunday's Flora London Marathon.

The club's athletes ranged in age, experience, times they expected and charities they raised money for.

Kerry Henderson, 29, has only been running for one year and this was her first 26.2-mile race.

She completed the London course in 4 hours 29 minutes 45 seconds.

For Yvonne Jones, this was her 12th London Marathon.

Yvonne was automatically allowed into the race as she is fast for her age and she got round in 3 hrs 36 mins 48 secs.

Only about one in five people who enter the marathon are given a place.

Three local women from GCR ran in the elite field.

Martha Hall, 31, qualified by completing the Amsterdam marathon in 3 hours 11 minutes and ran quicker at the weekend, clocking 3.09.33.

Caroline Hale went round a little faster than Martha in 3.09.07, while Mandy Livingstone grabbed a time of 3.19.32.

As well as GCR's Mark Dickinson competing in the elite men's race, club colleague Bruce Judge also did.

The YMCA employee raised money for his company's Kenyan partner and finished well under three hours in 2.39.43.

Mark Landy also got under the magic three hours mark in 2.52.46.

Sue Cordrey now lives in Cyprus but flew back to take part in the race.

Other local runners who took part included Rob Casserley (3.08.08), Peter Sawko (4.14.20), Cath Shepherd (5.23.19), Becca O'Shea (4.30.31), Emma Clemenstone (4.57.21) and Jon Chestney (3.03.49).

Some of the charities which the GCR athletes have raised money for in this year's race include the Spinal Injuries Association, McMillan Cancer Care, Children with Leukaemia, Isobel Hospice and The Eve appeal.


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