AVR's Terry Emmett smashes PB at 2018 London Marathon

PUBLISHED: 16:50 25 April 2018




It's extremely difficult to get accepted for a place in the London Marathon and once accepted you pound the roads for mile after mile, which this year was usually in wet, cold or windy weather, writes Dave Mutter.

Then along comes race day and the temperature soars to 24 degrees in the shade; in reality, though, the sun reflecting off the buildings and tarmac pushed it up into the high 20s!

Terry Emmett made light of the conditions, finishing 1,569th in 3:06:15, a new PB by a full nine minutes – and that represents an extraordinary effort!

Geoff Woodward was the next AVR home, finishing 10,577th in 4:05:12.

The other AVRs with their places and times, were: Stephen Grigg, 11,407th, 4:09:22; Sarah Herfet, 28,373rd, 05:24:49; Samantha Tooze, 29,440th, 5:30:20 and Pam Goddard 37,021st, 6:26:15.

All runners were grateful for the extra showers en route and said the crowd support was unbelievable.

Congratulations to all who finished what was certainly an epic race.

● On Saturday, in the heat, AVR’s Richard Jackson ran the Head to Head undulating multi-terrain half marathon near Salcombe, an event that boasted stunning views of Hope Cove, but really serious ascents and descents.

Richard ran well to finish 40th with his time being 2:30:38.

Peter Johns won the AVR Junior April handicap in 12:57 followed by Sammie d’Albertanson, 16:49, and Harvey Burrough, third, 16:04.

Sam Eyre leads the current junior rankings with 67 points and is being chased down by Peter Johns, 60, and Holly Eyre, 57.

Ferenc Kovacs won the senior handicap in 24:35 with Chris Keeffe finishing second in 23:29 and Robert Kerr was third in 29:45.

Andrew Hartnell leads the current senior rankings with 67 points. He is followed by Anthony Chadwick, 58, and Kevin Feeney, 57.

Meanwhile, another AVR, David Cooke, ran a ‘comeback’ track 400 metres at Yeovil in a new PB of 67:28.

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