Results show that four athletes from Morpeth Harriers lined up in the Virgin Money London Marathon,
on Sunday 24th April,which was being run for the 36th occasion.
Three of those athletes managed to achieve new personal bests for the Marathon distance.
First home from the club was their Army Cross Country Champion Ady Whitwam,
who despite picking up an aggravated back injury, lined up just behind the very Elite Men in Greenwich Park,
and came home in an excellent 2hrs30.34m, which knocked around thirteen minutes
off his previous best on the course in 2010, and also gave him a good placing of 79th, and 13th in his Over 40 age category.
Nearly ten minutes behind Ady, and posting a time of 2hrs40m11s, a new personal best by 41 seconds,
was his Morpeth club colleague Karl Taylor, who could also take delight with a placing of 305th.
Despite having a winter totally disrupted by injury problems, Morpeth’s Andrew Lawrence
still made the start line, and posted a time of 2hrs47mins41s, to finish in 675th place.
Completing the Morpeth Harriers quartet was Tony Lewis,
who finished in 3,616th place, posting a time of 3hrs15mins05secs,
which was 4m48s inside his personal best.
A footnote to Andrew Lawrence's performance, because he had been injured,
and had been unable to prepare in his customary way for the event,
he thought that he would enter the fun of things surrounding the London Marathon,
and completed the epic 26 Miles dressed as a Banana, and in doing so,
earns him a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest marathoner
of all time dressed as a fruit !
just to add to the pleasure of the day