Marathon couple reunited after 26.2 miles

PUBLISHED: 13:24 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 26 October 2009

Runners Sarah Halliday and Mark Dickinson

Runners Sarah Halliday and Mark Dickinson

HUSBAND and wife team Mark Dickinson and Sarah Halliday were reunited on Sunday – after running 26.2 miles each. Garden City Runners Sarah and Mark completed their first marathon step-by-step on their honeymoon in New York 18 months ago. But this time th

HUSBAND and wife team Mark Dickinson and Sarah Halliday were reunited on Sunday - after running 26.2 miles each.

Garden City Runners Sarah and Mark completed their first marathon step-by-step on their honeymoon in New York 18 months ago.

But this time there was an unavoidable separation.

Sarah, who trains with the fittlife squad, started Sunday's Flora London Marathon on the good for age line and Mark on the men's prestigious championship start alongside the world's greatest elite runners.

Dickinson was GCR's fastest finisher, completing the course in 2 hours 35 minutes 48 seconds.

Sarah's steady and methodical return to training following the birth of their third child Eddie paid off with an impressive finishing age group position of 315th in the women's 35 category.

She said: "Although I was quite nervous in the run up to the marathon, all my training paid off.

"I felt comfortable most of the way round.

"When I started to flag at around 22 miles, I heard Suzy bellow my name and this gave me a real boost!

"I'm very pleased to have broken the four-hour barrier in a time of 3.54.57 in my first marathon after having Eddie eight months ago by C-section.

"Now I'm back to fitness I'll be setting my sights on getting more sleep and a marathon PB next year."

The sleepless nights didn't seem to pose a problem to Mark, who finished 24th in his men's over 35 age group and 111th overall out of around 35,000 competitors.

Mark said: "I'm delighted with my result of 2.35.48, which is 12 minutes better than my last London Marathon time.

"The weather was just right and lots of hard training meant I had a really enjoyable run."

Suzy Fitt, who runs fittlife, said: "When I saw Mark at the halfway point he looked incredibly relaxed and was thoroughly enjoying the atmosphere and crowds.

"I knew what he was hoping to achieve and at that point was bang on target.

"Mark only returned to running two years ago and is continuing to improve with almost every race, so it will be very exciting to see what he and Sarah can achieve over the forthcoming year."

Mark was even able to cheer wife Sarah across the finish line before being reunited along with family and friends.


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