Delight for club runners who clock Marathon PBs

Stamford Striders at the 2013 London Marathon. From left, Maggie Skinner, Brian Kearsey, Stephen Parker, Viv Middlebrook, Julie Parker and Vicky Old
Stamford Striders at the 2013 London Marathon. From left, Maggie Skinner, Brian Kearsey, Stephen Parker, Viv Middlebrook, Julie Parker and Vicky Old

It was day of personal bests all round for the nine Stamford Striders who raced in the 
London marathon on Sunday morning.

All nine produced best ever performances to ensure a clean-sweep of runners 
completing the course in 
under four hours - including sub-three hour runs for Jim Morris and Simon Fell.

To make the performances even more impressive, three Striders were making their 
debut at 26.2 miles.

Morris produced a strong second half to finish ahead of fellow Strider Fell in 2h49m50, 61st in his 45-49 category.

Simon wasn’t far behind, to chalk up a 2.54.16 finish.

Next home was Stephen Parker in 3.07.33 and he was followed by Maggie Skinner in 3.25.18.

Richard Rae (3.31.12) and Vicky Old (3.31.31) then crossed the finishing line with Vicky taking 12 minutes off her time last year.

Brian Kearsey produced a heroic effort, defying his 
injury-plagued run-up with a 3.43.34 in his first ever marathon - finishing 67th in his 60-64 age category.

Julie Parker (3.53.55) and Viv Middlebrook (3.59.12) were also running their first marathons.

Stamford’s Phillipa Taylor was first in her V45 age 
category and 14th fastest of the non-elite women in 2 hours 50, a minute slower than her personal best.