It turns out the slightly cooler weather on Sunday was good for marathon running with ten Striders out in club colours (and another one there with his work team) at Chelmsford Marathon. Luckily, there was very little wind as the marathon starts of on the High Street with a few miles around the city before going out through the parks to Writtle and Roxwell, where there is little protection from the elements. As it was the biggest decision at the start was whether to wear gloves or not. So, in good conditions Alex Manton did a great job at demonstrating how to run a marathon with a negative split and won in a time of 2:39:00.

Amazingly five Striders got PBs. Patrick Dinwiddy; Michael Thomas; Gareth Girling; Emily Penkett and Mark Hermitage . Jennifer Flint was running her first marathon and Isobel Gowers her first road marathon (having previously completed two trail marathons) both managing to finish in under 4 hours. There was also great running from Damian Barrett, James Woolley and David Lindsay. Thanks to all the Striders that came out to support us on our way round – it was much appreciated.

There were also some more PBs further away from home. Mamie Liu (1:17:59) and Ben Laws (1:21:29) both ran PBs at the Great South Run. And James Sullivan sneaked a PB of 2:37:50 to come 12th overall and first M35 at the Lisbon Marathon. Well done to all, fantastic running!

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