Olympic rowing venue inspires marathon runners
The Marathon @ Dorney Lake is a hit with 500+ finishers
The London 2012 Olympic rowing venue saw more than 500 marathon runners who started, appropriately, in waves from 9:00am on Sunday (4 October) with some doubling up by using the mileage for their Virgin Money London Marathon Virtual event submissions.
The pancake flat, four-lap course was a winner with all 523 finishers within 6:31:25 and an impressive 170 athletes beat three hours – great running on a blustery, wet day. Just to illustrate the conditions we love this comment on Facebook by Matt Rogers (3:31:05) of Shifters RC: “At one point my face was so cold, I couldn't close my eyelids - I had to manually blink with my hands!”
ActiveTrainingWorld based in St Albans were promoting their first full marathon at Dorney Lake in Buckinghamshire and will return to the famous venue for the Dorney Lake Marathon and Half Marathon on 22 November 2020.
The top eight men finished inside 2:30:00 led by William Mackay (Bedford, 2:26:14), Jack Blaiklock (Thames Hare & Hounds, 2:27:17 PB) and Chris Richardson (Metro Aberdeen, 2:27:41 PB). The leading master was M50 Paul Jones (Shrewsbury, 2:34:40) in 11th overall.
Nine women were among the sub-3-hour athletes. Fastest on a horrible day were Sara Willhoit (Shrewsbury, 2:49:30 PB), Jessica Wellborn (Serpentine 2:51:31 PB) and unattached W45 Rachel Barron (2:52:46).
The leading higher age-group result was W50 Emma Stepto's 2:56:45. The Cornwall AC veteran was impressed by the promotion: “Superbly organised! Very grateful to you all for providing an excellent event. It was a very testing day in that wind and rain - not just for runners, but for everyone involved in setting up and organising the race. Great medal and it's so nice to be able to have race photos for free. Thank you!”
Read runABC South's race preview here
Full results available at runABC South race listing here
Image courtesy Active Training World on Facebook