Of all the races that Haverhill Running Club members compete in throughout the year, none are better known than the London Marathon.
First home for the club, and breaking the magic three hour barrier in the process, was club stalwart Martin Lawrence – now into his 50th year, but quicker than ever.
Not far behind was new member Michael Gilbert, with 3.04.30 – a terrific time for a first ever attempt at this distance.
Next home, competing in the second of four endurance events to raise money for Children with Cancer, was Dan Heath, with a PB time of 3.11.58.
The HRC ladies team goes from strength to strength, and provided the next four runners home for the club. Siobhan Dockerill (British Heart Foundation) and Mary-Ann Moseley (Brain Tumour Charity) were both competing in their first marathons, and recorded times of 3.43.32 and 3.43.38 respectively.
Next in, with a massive PB and coming a fantastic seventh in her age category, was evergreen Cheryl Trundle, recording 3.43.49.
Kym Cromarty (RSPCA) also grabbed a big new PB, with a time of 3.49.41.
Next up, a couple of marathon regulars both recorded strong times again – 3.55.06 for Duncan Henry (Breakthrough Breast Cancer) and 4.16.32 for Shirley Fowler (Breast Cancer and Action Duchene.)
Sandwiched in between these two was first timer Mark Carpenter, with a great debut time of 4.08.21.
Also running their first marathons were Nick Reader (SENSE) – 4.16.42, Pete Rogers – 4.23.34, Courtney Firman (Leukaemia Care) – 4.32.40 and Jack Tappin (St Nicholas Hospice) – 4.38.33.
Natalie Lewis (Haverhill Scouts and Guides) finished inside the five hour barrier, with 4.59.38 – and Jo Rosenwold completed her third recent marathon to raise over £3,000 for St Nicholas Hospice, with a time of 5.01.29.
Tracy North (EACH) was another debutant, with a time of 5.21.31.
Also fundraising this year was Tracey Roach (over £2,500 for the Alzheimer’s Society) with a finishing time of 5.48.03.
Club secretary Amanda Freemantle (Blind Children UK) was next across the line with a time of 6.17.36.
Hayley Woods came home only two seconds over the seven hours barrier, generating over £2,000 along the way for Genetic Disorders UK.
So a great day for the club, with 20 members representing the town in the most famous of events, and collectively raising over £1,5000 for charities and good causes.