We had three competitors in this year’s marathon and all did brilliantly.

Bev Tyler found it hard-going in the latter stages but showed great strength and courage to beat the 5 hour barrier, coming home in 4.57.46.

Her sometime training partner, Sheryl Evans, in her fiftieth year, knocked a huge 9 minute chunk off her pb for a really wonderful 3.38.41. If anyone’s interested in getting faster as you get older, Sheryl’s the one to talk to. I must have a word.

Further up the road Tom Grady also posted a magnificent pb of 2.41.04, so close to the magic 2.40 barrier. Tom had a battle along the way with Sheryl’s daughter, Clara, well known on the Hereford circuit but now in outstanding form for Cardiff. London was her marathon debut and she finished in a hugely impressive 2.46.03. Bearing in mind that two of the women in front of her who won GB World Champs selection are in their 30’s, Clara definitely has time on her side to reach that sort of level.

We’re back to time. Where did it all go? But that’s another story.


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