Sam Allen Sets New PB In London Marathon

One week after the tragic events at The Boston Marathon, 12  Athletic Club members joined more than 35000 runners in the 32nd .

There were some strong performances all round but probably stole the AC show with a new PB of 3:29:22, knocking a huge 9 ½ minutes off her 2012 time.

Last year, Sam sadly lost her close friend and running partner, Maria Britton, herself a club member, to cancer. After a tough time coming to terms with this, Sam became determined to do Maria proud and set about a 6 day a week training programme, which reaped its’ just rewards on Sunday.

“I knew this would be an emotional day” said Sam. “I am absolutely thrilled and amazed with my new PB. I thought of Maria all the way round and how together we could do this and both be proud. I found comfort running alongside people with a similar story to tell. The is an amazing event for anyone to take part in. The support from the crowds is unbelievable”.

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holds her medal proudly with Her close friend’s photo.

There were many other fine performances from members. Paul Clark (3:22:57) and (3:43:00) were on top form.  Julie Donald maintained her usual high standards with an impressive 3:38:48. , who is stepping up to Ultra Marathon running later this year with the 145 mile Grand Union  Canal event, came in on 3:47:31. Jacqui Hardman smashed through her 4 hour target with an amazing 3:51:16. just missed out on breaking 3 hours and Tony Hunter turned in another impressive time of 3:17:35.

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(Left to Right)  AC Members Julie Donald, and Jacqui Hardman pose together at the race registration and expo at London’s Excel Arena.

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(Left to Right) Julie Donald, Jacqui Hardman and get ready for the race at Blackheath

2012 Maker, , ran his 9th and 30th Marathon in total since 2001, in full Games Maker regalia. Lucas is overcoming an ankle injury but still managed a creditable sub 4 time of 3:59:54, in spite of stopping to be interviewed by the at the 18 mile mark when he was beginning to flag!

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, in full games maker kit, recovers on The Mall

There was also a battling performance from Jody Horth, who had a bad stomach bug in the 24 hours prior to the race and nearly pulled out. In the end he came in 16 minutes slower than his PB with a highly creditable 3:52:16. In addition, in the 60-64 age group, David Gardner turned in a good effort with 4:53:48.

Full AC finishers with times:

3:01:36, Tony Hunter 3:17:35, Paul Clark 3:22:57, Samantha Allen 3:29:19, Julie Donald 3:38:48, 3:43:00, 3:47:31, Jacqui Hardman 3:51:16, Jody Horth 3:52:16, Charlie Culpan 4:51:14, David Gardner 4:53:48



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