Nine members of Bridlington Road Runners, who have been training on the cold, dark winter nights for 16 weeks, were on the start line in the capital on Sunday for the London Marathon,
With over 36,000 others joining them, the air was full of tension, nerves and excitement, and the weather was warmer than expected with little or no wind to cool the runners down, making the 26.2 mile distance a test of endurance and mental strength to get through the relatively flat yet demanding route.
The Bridlington contingent rubbed shoulders with celebrities and sports stars such as ex-England and Liverpool striker Michael Owen, former Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain forward Barrie McDermott and double Olympic gold-medallist Mo Farah.
Runners concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other for most of the race but, if taking a moment to look up, will see sights such as Buckingham Palace, the Cutty Sark and Tower Bridge.
Although two Bridlington members had to retire from the race, the club still had seven finishers.
Emma Brown who was in the ladies’ elite pack for the start was the fastest on the day, finishing in 2,322nd overall place but a great 171st lady back in a time of 3:10:15.
Next was Martin Smith, having a good run, crossing over in 2,929th and 2,668th man home with 3:15:57. Becky Clifton finished in 7,634th overall and 1,352nd lady back with 3:44:08, and Sarah Wood was only nine minutes behind in 3:53:32 in 9,889th spot and 2,020th lady to finish.
Only seconds separated the club’s three other runners. The first home was Michelle Rollinson in 18,052nd and 4,747th lady in a time of 4:26:19. Just three seconds behind was Zena Boreman in 18,071st spot and 4,756th lady.
Karon Colley was 35 seconds behind in 18,209th place and 4,798th lady, crossing the line on 4:26:57.