Sunday, 26 April 2015 was the 35th anniversary of the running of the London Marathon. It was co-founded by Chris Brasher and John Disley who were inspired by the New York City Marathon and has grown in size over the years from about 7,000 competitors in 1981 to 38,000 in 2015. On Sunday, runners were encouraged to finish ‘hand in hand’ just as Dick Beardsley and Inge Simonsen, the first winners of the London Marathon did, back in 1981.
The morning of the marathon was cool and thankfully it had rained in the night and not during the race which made for ideal running conditions. The atmosphere was electric as thousands of runners made their way to Blackheath and to the red, blue or green assembly areas ready for the start at 10.10am. Paula Radcliffe, the Women’s World Marathon Record holder, was also starting with the masses in what was her final competitive race. The course, marshals, spectators, bands, etc. were fantastic as were the sights of the Cutty Sark, Big Ben, London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Again, another enjoyable, uplifting and inspirational day with a technical sized t-shirt and super medal to cherish.
Malvern Joggers competing were Henry Walker (2:46:26) , Jon Newey (2:46:56), Sam Burnage (3:36:11), Matthew Lancett (3:38:33), Stuart Brown (3:40:26), Julie Mitchell (3:45:06), Megan Judge (3:50:01), Bert Lacey (3:56:23), Kareen Mann (3:56:28), Julie Caseley (3:56:51), Neil Humpage (4:05:12), Derek Goodman (4:33:54), Wendy Holmes (4:35:29), Mike Anstey (4:45:02), Cathy Spence (4:47:38), Lynda Broadway (4:55:35) and Steve Roode (6:47:35).
Best wishes,Julie x