Sarah raises the bar for Farnham Runners in London Marathon

By Farnham Herald in Athletics

TWELVE Farnham Runners members completed the London Marathon and between them raised £16,000 for charity.

Sarah McCulloch beat Farnham’s highest previous individual total with a fantastic £10,800.

Six of the Farnham ladies either ran their first marathon or set new personal best times, while renowned endurance runner and club member Susie Chan was an official Runners World pacer for the four-hour target.

The Farnham contingent were spurred on by a supportive and enthusiastic band of supporters armed with the club flag.

First back for Farnham Runners was Jason East in 3hrs 14mins 37secs and after various injuries and a lack of training, he was delighted to achieve a time good enough for a guaranteed place next year.

Then came Emma Pearson who comfortably beat her target of 3-30 and took almost six minutes off her previous best with 3-24-59.

Charlie Hill-Venning clocked 3-25-26, while Shaun Marsden returned in 3-29-15 and helped BBC news reader Sophie Raworth to a new PB. Alistair Hardaway ran 3-31-11 and raised £1,300 for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

Running her tenth London Marathon, Linda Tyler improved her time by almost a minute with 3-37-30. Her sponsorship money of £800 will go to Heads Together, while Vicki Clarke will contribute £2,000 to Cancer Research after recording 3-43-58 on her race debut. Susie Chan was spot-on with her pacing, crossing the line in 3-59-30.

Hallam Foster, another first-timer, clocked 4-05-03 and raised £2,000 for Treloar’s Hospital.

Sarah McCulloch, meanwhile, managed 4-08-08 on debut and her magnificent £10,800 sponsorship will go to Breast Cancer Now.

Mary Denise Fitzgerald recorded a PB 4-12-35 and a jubilant Helen Bracey chopped 27 minutes off her previous best with 5-03-12, raising £1,000 for Oakleaf Enterprise.

On the same day, James Musgrave, Geoff Brown and Shirley Perrett ran the Southampton Marathon, and recorded 3-57-12, 4-15-27 and 5-04-33 respectively, the latter placing third in her age category.

The day before the London Marathon, Sarah Hill (5hrs 14mins) won the women’s section of the Fox 37-mile Ultra near Guildford, with Lucy Hogg (6-06) coming eighth. John Walker clocked 5-54 and Paul Day 8-04. Sean Smith (3-31) came second in the Fox Marathon at the same venue.

Earlier, five Farnham members completed the Brighton Marathon. Sarah Hill finished sixth woman and first F40 with a superb 2-59-07. Other Farnham times: Mike Taylor 3-48-45, Lindsay Bamford 4-07-25, Paul Day 4-28-10 (£500 for Breast Cancer Care), Craig Tate-Grimes 5-27-11.

Fiona Carle improved her PB by 27 minutes with 3-53-48 in the Manchester Marathon, while Jonathon Salomon ran 5-18-46 on debut.

Other Farnham marathon times: Stuart Williamson PB 3-02-28 in Seville, 3-18-46 in Boston; James Musgrave 3-53-05 in Seville; Sean Smith 3-27-00 in Ibiza; Susie Chan 3-28-40 in Limassol, 3-53-33 in Tokyo.

Stuart Haig (3-43-33) came 10th in the off-road QECP Spring Marathon. John Walker (4-25-23) was 36th. Haig and James Musgrove also completed the challenging Test Way 44-mile race.

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