Yuko Gordon misses world record at London Marathon by less than a minute
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The return of the London Marathon for the first time since 2019 had plenty of athletes - and volunteers - making their to the capital from north Herts.
Fairlands Valley Spartans had 20 running the race while a squad of them helped on the baggage buses.
Yuko Gordon almost made it a memorable day, finishing in three hours 25 minutes 30 seconds and missing out on the masters W70 marathon world record by 42 seconds
Suzy Hawkins clocked 3:11:36 just weeks after completing a triathlon while Ashley Johnson and Danny Scanlon both completed their first marathon event, Johnson having only rain a virtual one last year and Scanlon none at all.
Another first-time London runner was Ada Janusiene, finishing in 5:03:05, while at the other end of the sacle Jim Brown's 20th London Marthon ended in 4:44:11.
Hazel Smith set a new PB of 4:23:24 while mum Cathy Craig clocked in at 5:40:21 and three Spartans beat the three hour barrier - Simon Jackson (2:44:54), Andrew Patterson (2:47:58) and Adrian Busolini (2:48:52).
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Matt Sayers set a new V45 club record of 2:39:24, finishing just four seconds ahead of V50 Squirrel Mark Vaughan.
Sayers said: “It’s fantastic to be back at London, the atmosphere was electric and the support from club-mates around the course amazing.
"Running a PB and automatically qualifying for next year was the icing on the cake.”
Vaughan’s debut marathon was yet another club best and the third new entry in the NHRR record book was Nick Mapeli who clocked 2:55:33 in the V55 group.
Stewart Overton broke three-hours in 2:57:21 and there was a PB for Sophie Thrussell in 3:17:27.
Natalie Lawrence (3:01:59), Anna Gibson (4:06:46), Steve Brenton (4:24:23), Sue Foot (4:39:30), Julie Toland (4:43:45), Lindsay Cook (4:59:43), Arnie Parmar (5:07:04) and Andrew Porter (5:20:06) were the others involved, many raising money for charity.
Stevenage Striders also had a number competing both at the event and virtually.
Of those on the course at London Vicki McIver was the quickest in 3:53:21.