The hard winter of training paid off for many of the Grantham athletes who travelled down to London to take part in this iconic race, Paul Rushworth, pictured centre, in his green vest is proudly displaying his "red on yellow" race number which identifies him as running with the fast competitors. He has qualified to wear again next year by completing the course in a personal best of 3:02:49. Front row left is Andrew Pask who also set a PB of 3:32:37 and front row right is Lucy Roberts, who regardless of an unfavourable starting position, completed her first ever marathon in 4:16:36.
In the back row from left to right we have Sophie Stanley who despite badly blistered feet knocked over 28 minutes off her previous best time to finish in 4:01:25. Abi Schofield, in her first marathon was just behind her in 4:03:07. Catherine Payne moved further up the UK rankings with another personal best of 3:21:14 and finally we have Keith Measures running in his 14th London Marathon and his first as a Super Vet. Keith after a good first half picked up a hip injury which caused him to have to limp home for 12 miles to complete the course in 5:09:34 which was still faster that almost 4,000 of the finishers.
Not in the picture are the injured duo of Robert McArdle and Tony Madge whose time were 3:37:15 and 4:20:47 respectively