Several Burnham-On-Sea runners competed Sunday’s London Marathon in impressive times.
Burnham’s Sue Nicholls, 76, pictured, travelled to London to take part in Sunday’s 26.2 mile event, which was her ninth time taking part. Jon Jacobs also travelled to the capital to take part, while Hannah Jackson and Tony Gore ran the ‘virtual race’ here in Somerset.
Sue told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “It was a brilliant event with great support from family, club members and spectators on the course. I ran 4.25.30, winning my age category and also the Abbot world marathon majors / Wanda age group world championships. I really enjoyed the day!”
Meanwhile, Jon Jacobs completed his run in 4:13 and said afterwards: ”It was a huge honour to represent Burnham Harriers in the London marathon.The atmosphere was just amazing with the route lined with cheering crowds the whole way. What an experience!”
Hannah Jackson, pictured on her local marathon here in Somerset, said: “I am overwhelmed with the support from my crew, friends, family and fellow Harriers. The weather could not have been better, the route was beautiful. I had a few emotional moments, but that spurred me on even more. I beat my 6-hour predicted finish time by 15-minutes. It was an absolutely incredible day. I have already signed up for the ballot entries for next year.”
And Tony Gore, pictured above on his local marathon run, adds: “It went well despite the wind and rain. I finished in a good time of 4h 17m. I missed the crowds of a mass race which spur you on to go faster. It’s harder to motivate and keep grinding out the kilometres by yourself, but I’m happy that I can still do it at my age – it’s better than sitting on the couch!”
Sue was running for Cancer Research UK while Hannah was raising funds for Burnham’s Somewhere House Somerset and Mind in Somerset.
This year, a record 100,000 runners took part in the 26.2 mile London Marathon – with some racing around some of the city’s iconic landmarks while others took part in virtual races.