London Marathon 2016

Sunday 24th April saw 11 members of Great Yarmouth road Runners (GYRR) taking on the 26.2 mile challenge of the 36th running of the London marathon. Conditions were ideal for the 38 000 participants with a cool start and plenty of cloud cover throughout.

First back for the club, in an outstanding Personal Best (PB) time of 3 hours 19 minutes was Vicky Quantrill.  Vicky was pleased to dip under the 3.20 mark for the first time after all her hard training. Next back was Penny Studley, also earning a PB of 3.41, knocking a substantial 12 minutes off her 2015 time.  Meeting running idol Paula Radcliffe the day before was a huge boost to Penny and a day she will never forget.

Dean Saunders was delighted to run his marathon debut achieving his sub 4 hour target in an impressive 3.53. His running partner, Joe Jermy, who has only been running since October, achieved a great time of 4.17.  Between them they raised £6000 for the Royal British Legion.

Along with Joe there were several members finishing in quick succession. Cathy Tooley, in her 3rd London, finished in a new PB time of 4.16. Claire Baker ran a determined race to complete her first London in a superb time of 4.19. She was overwhelmed to raise £1500 for local charity ‘Nelson’s Journey’ and earn herself a PB in the process.

A special mention must go to long-standing member Carole Spong.  To finish in 4.18 and achieve 6th place in her age group, Carole provides continued inspiration to her club mates.  Raising money for the Snowden Trust, Lisa Smith and her guide Carl Jessup, crossed the line together in 4.49. This achievement made all the more impressive because Lisa is registered blind.

Kerry Nicholls, taking in the amazing atmosphere of the day, thoroughly enjoyed her debut marathon in 4.52.  Nicos Symeou ran in a Victorian swimsuit to raise money for Action for Hunger.  Nicos is a veteran at this event completing his 19th London in 4.33.

Well done to all the runners who collectively achieved a fantastic set of results for the club and raised in excess of £12 500 for their chosen charities.   The runners would like to say a massive thank you to all the travelling supporters whose enthusiasm undoubtedly helped enormously.  This group was headed by club coach, Andrew Baker, who has provided much advice and excellent training sessions in preparation for the marathon.