Honiton runners led home at London by Hadleigh Davies
PUBLISHED: 23:03 06 May 2015 | UPDATED: 23:03 06 May 2015
Five Honiton Running Club members lined up along with 37,000 other runners to take part in the 35th Virgin London Maratho, writes Judy Davey.
The weather that was perfect for runners, but a bit on the chilly side for the many thousands of spectators.
Hadleigh Davies was the first Honiton runner home coming 5297th in a time of three hours 25 minutes. Like most people he had a great race until the last few miles when he slowed up considerably. He was followed less than three minutes later by Judy Davey who finished 5918th in 3:28 delighted to break the three-and-a-half hour barrier for the first time in five years.
Hadleigh and Judy have taken part in several London Marathons before, but it was the first time for the other Honiton members. Liam Dushynsky led this group home having only started running when his London place was confirmed. He did not have any idea how long it would take him, but he had mentioned five hours. He was therefore delighted to beat the four-and-a-half hour time by two minutes to come 21466th overall.
Klara Bodfish was running for the Breast Cancer Campaign and had managed to raise over £2000. She found the atmosphere amazing and was emotional when she saw her family at mile 19.
She struggled after 20 miles but talking to another runner encouraged them both to finish strong in five hours three minutes, just minutes over her goal. Kelly Allison had also raised a lot of money for her charity; Multiple Sclerosis Society for her cousin who has the disease. Kelly finished in 30492nd place in a time of 5:11.
Ben Stone went one better than a marathon and took part in the Evesham Ultra consisting of 48 miles on the same day. He completed it in seven hours 32 minutes coming an incredible third place overall out of 70 entrants.
He was 25 minutes behind the winner, but just five minutes behind second place. It was a tough hilly race in the Cotswolds with some beautiful views. Inevitably Ben found it hard and ended up with some blisters to be proud of but he had a strong steady race and is ready for his next challenge!