FOLLOWING many months of training and preparation, eight club members took part in The Virgin London Marathon.
The conditions were good for the thousands that lined the streets of the capital to watch the event but were not ideal for fast times.
Nevertheless all Bridlington runners completed the race, Phill Taylor was first club member home, with Emma Brown the first Bridlington lady back, both achieving personal best times for a marathon.
Every runner should be proud of their achievement in completing the event, some raised money for charities and others gained good for age times which will qualify them for future marathons.
Among the eight Bridlington members was Becky Clifton, who had never run a marathon at the start of this month, but has now completed two in a week.
She completed the Paris Marathon last Sunday in a steady four hours and 21 minutes, having only taken up running two years ago.
Her father-in-law, the late Barry Clifton, was heavily involved with Bridlington Road Runners and several of her husband’s relatives are runners, which inspired her to pull on her trainers.
She began training for the double marathon challenge in October and has raised almost £1,000 for four charities, British Lung Foundation, Guide Dogs, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, and Help for Heroes
She said: “I am over the moon that I completed the second marathon in 4 hours 31 minutes.
“The atmosphere at London was so brilliant and the support so overwhelming that I actually enjoyed it and would do it again”
THE first race in The East Hull Harriers Summer League took place on Tuesday evening at New Ellerby.
A total of 14 members competed in the five-mile race which took place on country roads around the villages of New Ellerby, Burton Constable and Marton.
Nick Hellewell was first club member back in a fine sixth place, Kim Watt was first lady member in 40th.
All members ran well with both Judy Allison and Janet Potter winning their age categories, John Potter made his racing comeback after a number of years away from competitive running and Zoe Ellis made her debut as a Bridlington runner.
THE weekly Sewerby Parkrun saw a slightly smaller number of runners this week, partially due to club runners competing at The London Marathon and also the inclement weather over the previous days.
The rain certainly slowed the course with the grass and woodland areas being soft underfoot.
Dave Playforth finished in fourth place overall and first V45 whilst Ben Smith again took second in JM14, a win is surely overdue for this young man.
Sheila Maddison showed that training certainly helps as she improved her previous week’s time by one minute and 33 seconds.
Stuart Atkinson kept up his record of attending every event and Kath Baxter made a welcome return after injury.
April 17: EHH Summer League New Ellerby: 5 mile
6: Nick Hellewell 28:16, 13: Marc Corner 30:33, 15: John Nolan 30:45, 22: Martin Smith 31:39, 40: Kim Watt 33:45, 41: Dave Playforth 34:00, 44: John Potter 34:12, 65: Janet Potter 36:04 (1st LV55), 73: Angelika Corner 37:00, 74: Bob Eyre 37:22, 77: Judy Allison 37:52 (1st LV60), 103: Stuart Atkinson 40:05, 109: Ray Robinson 40:36, 122:Zoe Ellis 42:24,
April 21: Sewerby Parkrun
4: Dave Playforth 21:50 (1st V45), 11: Stuart Atkinson 25:11, 13: Ben Smith 26:11, 20: Kath Baxter 30:28, 23: Sheila Maddison 31m44,
April 22: The London Marathon
Phill Taylor 2:35:10, Emma Brown 3:14:43, Peter Gulc 3:46:52, Sarah Wood 3:46:52, Karon Colley 3:47:02, Angelika Corner 3:55:57, Rebecca Clifton 4:31:38, Zena Boreman 4:50:24,