London Marathon Brief Report

Hi Everyone,

With many of our top vegan runners competing in this year’s London Marathon we had the potential to impress other runners and the public and we did not disappoint. The results we have so far which may not be complete include:

James Meldrum 2.36.42, 119th (96th MS) PB
Ed Banks 2.51.53, 494th (326th MS) PB
Max Newton 2.52.24, 513th (338th MS) PB
Fiona Oakes 2.58.48, 32nd F (4th F40)
Colin Braybrook 3.05.04, 1216th (165th M45)
Vanessa Hudson 4.38.02, 4678th F (2949th FS)
Jacqueline Reid 3.59.33, 1838th F (342nd F40)
Amanda Woodvine 4.24.48, 3539th F (2206th FS)
Doug Hawkin 4.29.49, 14032nd (7871 MS)

Five of our runners reached our meeting point at the end, more difficult for the later finishers as the crowds descended to greet their heroes. Many of our other members also came along to support their colleagues including: Andrew Knight, Dave Arnold, Wolfgang Kunst, Annette Herold as well as myself. We also shared our meeting point with the Vegetarian Cycling & Athletic Club who had five members running the event:

Ryan Procter 3.07.29, 1370th (783rd MS) PB
Andy Jordan 3.22.36, 2751th (427th M45)
Ade Gibbon 3.47.18, 6080th (170th M55)
Jim Cheseldine 3.56.31, 7819th (1522th M40)
Caroline Chapman 5.12.56, 7533th F (832nd F45) 1st marathon

Special mention for Ron Franklin, an honorary member of the VC&AC and vice-president of British Master Athletic Federation who is aged over 80, came along to our meeting point at 1230 and stayed until we departed at 4pm. Ron is a former elite runner who has achieved a marathon personal best of 2 hours 25 mins and made it an extra special day for runners of both clubs. Ron also came along to our post-race Chinese Buffet near Trafalgar Square.