Striders dozen do club proud in London race

Gainsborough and Morton Strider Lorna Allison at the London Marathon with her medal
Gainsborough and Morton Strider Lorna Allison at the London Marathon with her medal

A dozen Striders entered the London Marathon last weekend in the UK’s ‘blue-ribbon’ marathon race.

Lorna Allison, ladies club captain, had the performance of the day, shattering her personal best by 19 minutes to record 3:12:00 and guarantee a place in next year’s event.

She can now set her sights on the cub’s all-time record of 3:04:16 set by Jayne Baldwin (Gregory) at London in 1997.

Allison was one of four Striders who ran the ‘perfect’ marathon by running the second half faster than the first half, and she had impressive ‘split-times’ of 1:37:06 and 1:34:54.

Paul Dagg was the first male Strider home in a time of 3:04:07, just outside his personal best time and like Allison, has a guaranteed entry into the 2015 London Marathon.

Dagg had split-times of 1:29:21 and 1:34:46.

Ronnie Staton, an ultra-marathon runner, went through 5k in 19:52, 10k in 40:00, 13.1 miles in 1:26:27 before he paid the price for the fast pace but still hung on for a fine 3:06:57.

Another trio of Striders set personal best times, namely Kevin Housham, Sophie Hempsall (Wood) and Jane Benson.

Housham took a majestic 26 minutes off his previous best time, running the second half almost six minutes faster than the first 13.1 miles, recording split-times of 1:48:56 and 1:41:37.

Sophie Hempsall improved her personal best time by 18 minutes, recording a time of 3:49:46, with ultra specialist Jane Benson making her marathon debut in Striders’ colours and improving her personal best by 20 minutes, registering a time of 3:54:12.

Paschal Moran, 68, defied his years with a time of 3:33:15 which should see him qualify for next year’s race, thanks to remarkably consistent split-times of 1:46:56 and 1:46:19.

However, Mark Rodgers in his first marathon as a Strider, ran the most even pace with splits of 1:54:30 and 1:54:39.

Royal Air Force officer Alan Clark earned a relatively fast 21:10 for the first 5k and 42:30 at 10k, finishing in 3:05:06.

Two debutants, Emily Birch and Mark Cutts had very promising runs with times of 4:32:07 and 4:29:28, respectively.

Chris Litherland completed the Striders’ contingent to record a time of 4:16:08.

All Striders must enter the London Marathon Public Ballot for the 2015 race, keep the ‘rejection slip’ and pay their annual membership by the end of April if they wish to be included in the club’s draw.