Ryston Runner Simmonds inside three hours at London Marathon

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There were mixed fortunes for those Ryston Runners members taking part in this year’s 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon event.

As the event has changed in focus over the years it has become a more difficult race in which to shine or achieve targets.

Robert Simmonds, who last week covered his usual multiplicity of events in a SAL Track & Field match, was the only Ryston Runner to dip under the three-hour mark, clocking 2:52:29, about three minutes short of his best time and just outside the first thousand finishers.

Simon Able and Will Honeybone finished within a couple of minutes of each other, Simon in 3:07:56 and Will achieving a PB of 3:09:56.

Martin Ive, who has completed over a dozen London Marathons, did this one in 3:18:22. Lesley Robins was first Ryston woman home with a superbly paced 3:26:38, and Heather Beattie next in 3:33:38.

Eamonn McCusker, another with a great tally of marathons under his belt, was 75th M60 in3:37:18, not far ahead of Pauline Drewery, who ran 3:38:35.

Best category placing went to Jane Ashby who was 17th W65 and also made the top 20,000 finishers, with 4:19:17. Sarah Partridge clocked 4:33:02.

The club’s Road Running Rep, Andy Harrod, who had been chosen to receive the club allocated place in recognition of all his tireless work and enthusiasm, achieved his ambition of finishing London in 5:31:09.

Their luck and the road ran out for Malcolm Tuff, Che Plant, Maureen Wolfe and Keith Morris, who had all encountered illness or injury problems en route.

Also in London Charlie Wakefield was having the experience of a lifetime as he had qualified for and competed in the “mini marathon” events that accompany the VML.

Despite having hurt his knee cycling over Easter and not been able to train, Charlie, who stayed at the athletes’ accommodation at Royal Holloway University, won lots of adidas running gear in an evening competition on Saturday night and then, with virtually no sleep at all, was taken with all the other athletes to the start.

He managed to get round in one piece with no after effects in a very respectable time of 17;42, which is 5:54 miling: not bad for a 13 year-old who hadn’t run for three weeks previously. He said that the experience was quite overwhelming but amazing.

Annie Rooks also competed in the Mini Marathon in London on Sunday.