The London 13

PUBLISHED: 10:35 28 April 2010 | UPDATED: 13:55 23 January 2011

Thirteen Honiton Running Club members took part in this year s London Marathon and most were raising money for charity.

Thirteen Honiton Running Club members took part in this year's London Marathon and most were raising money for charity. The club's nominated charity this year is the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Kevin Hawker and Milan Goc both managed to come in under three hours. Kevin in 2:51 and Milan in 2:54. Fran Bond had a very good even run, hardly slowing at all. She beat last year's time by six minutes finishing in 3:18. Judy Davey also had an exceptional run managing to break the 3:30 barrier by four minutes which was over 12 minutes quicker than last year. All four of these runners now have an automatic place in London for 2011 and 2012.

Richard Harris managed 3:37. Bruce Strawbridge started from a different place to the others and when the routes merged he could see Fran and Judy ahead. He was running very comfortably with another competitor at that stage and decided he wasn't going to burn himself out by trying to catch the girls preferring to run and chat with his new friend. He finished in 3:41 which was faster than his time of 2 years' ago.

Claire Pomeroy was disappointed to have missed the 4 hour barrier by 3 minutes but she enjoyed the atmosphere of her first London Marathon. Vernon Gillard wasn't far behind finishing in 4:05. It was the first time Laura Pyle, Louise Saunders and Jill Wood had ever run a marathon and all three have been training hard.Laura finished in 4:23, Louise 4:24 and Jill 5:17.

Gerry Evans got his London place through the club ballot and cracked the 4:30 barrier by just 7 seconds. Janet Leach has raised a considerable amount of money for Children with Leukaemia and finished in 5:13.

Lily Helston took part in the 3 mile Mini London Marathon after being selected recently. She said it was an amazing experience and was delighted with her time of 19:45 and 30th place in her category of age 11-12 girls. Well done to all for their achievement.


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