As the temperatures hit a record 23.3C for Sunday's marathon, runners who had trained throughout the long and cold winter struggled to cope with the heat and sunshine. To make it more of a challenge, if any more were needed, this was the first week the runners have run without woolly hats and gloves for six months. It was to be a shock to their systems. The crowds, as ever, were wonderful as was the atmosphere of camaraderie and desire to mutually help and encourage. Our very own Bungay Marathon winner Paul Lyon led Lowestoft road runners home with an incredible time of 3:08:20. Katy Oldman was our first club lady back in 3:44:53 closely followed by Karen Archbold 3:46:03, Lisa Riley 3:56:37, Jonathan Meadows 3:58:05, Simon Bunting 4:27:15. Susan Perry deserves a special mention. She aggravated an existing injury, fracturing her heel, in a fall at seven miles .She struggled on, to complete the race in a nevertheless impressive time of 4.31.29 The heat was hard to cope with but the organisation of the event, the supporters, medics and St John's ambulance all did a wonderful job to cement this race's reputation as the world's best marathon.
Katy Oldman, running for Great Ormond Street Hospital said “This was my first London marathon and something I've wanted to do for many years, so I was ecstatic to finally get in alongside my fellow LRR friends. We all trained really hard together in much cooler temperatures so running in 24 degrees was a bit of a shock to the system, however we managed to cross over the finish line. The crowds were along every stretch of road cheering and shouting encouragement which helped when my legs were feeling really tired. It was an amazing experience and quite emotional too and I'm very glad I've had the opportunity to have run in such a historic event.” Katy has asked for people to, where possible, visit her just giving page and donate generously to a well worthy cause and charity close to her heart: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/katy-oldman1
Closer to home Great Yarmouth held the East Coast Triathlon event which was held over Saturday evening & Sunday morning. Carl Prewer was the only male LRR athlete who took part in the Saturday evening race & Finished in 10th with a time of 48:23. Louise Bernasconi represented the ladies and completed it in a respectable 53:24. Sunday Mornings race saw Vicki Grice shine to victory & winning the female race in 51:06, Neil Bye finished 28th position in 52:41 with it being his first ever triathlon. Florence Ashdown was 63rd in 1:00:15 closely followed by Steph Strowger in 1:00:55.
Contributed by Becky Lawler & Lee Gooderham