London Marathon
26th April

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Ian Hammett 



Kevin Shelton Smith


Club Best Time

Jamie Hawthorn



Neil Loader



Paolo Basso



Kirstie Meeten



David Sharman



Richard Baldock



Adam Hills



Craig Watt  



Renee Allen



Nick Williams



Dean Newman



Stuart Snelson



Helen Etherington



Carla Rose-Hardman



Juliet Smith 03:47:58  
Jose Ariza 03:53:13  
Sarah Wanden 03:55:12  

Ian Bell



Simon King



Amber Deardon



Jenny Lovesey



Stephanie Lill



Ian Williams



Kate Williams



Chas Fisk


Veronica Singleton Lawley 04:44:39  
Nadia Harris 04:49:47  

Becky Cummings



Michelle Davis



Mandy Pullinger



Val Bird


Club Best Time, pb

Ian Sturdgess



Lesley Gaunt



Steve Gaunt 



Lorena Henderson 



Neica Louise Morrow



Tasha Jones



Iva Barr 07:26:46  

Race report - London marathon 26.4.2015
Well, how to begin? Most know that I was running London for Multiple Sclerosis after a good friend was diagnosed recently. And of course like many runners I've always wanted to have a shot of the big one. However, race prep didn't quite go to plan, I was working away  on Friday night and planned to get back to bedford in good time Saturday morning to get to the expo. However I managed to get lost and after much messing around I picked my number up just 1.5 hrs before the expo closed - even for me that was too close for comfort! I did still manage to find a little time to flex the credit card though.
Sunday morning soon arrived and I met the Harriers coach  at 6am ready to travel to London. I decided to make my race plan involve lots of high fives, jelly babies and general fun rather than a full on hard race. This was London, I wanted the experience, the sights and sounds, the wonderful crowds of supporters. 
Waiting in the red start I held on to my bag and jacket as long as possible as it was a little chilly. Soon it was time to get into the pens and I found my way there easily, the organisation was pretty good. It was a fair while before we got to the start so I chatted to other runners as we crept forward, I had a nice chat with the queen too, twinset and pearls worn stylishly with an inflatable corgi.
Soon we were off, it was quite congested which kept my speed down, I didn't mind at all, I even turned my Garmin inwards and chose to ignore it, happily I plodded on taking in the atmosphere and scenery. The crowds were fantastic, cheers, names being shouted out and tonnes of oranges, jelly babies, beer etc. I high fived hundreds of little and big hands along the way, bands played and music blared. Sometimes I sang badly, laughed and watched some hilarious outfits from a red telephone box to a tardis and several gorillas. 
Water stations were placed at every mile, lots of gels and lucozade also from about mile 11. Soon I reached mile 13, and it felt good, I wasnt dreading the next 13, legs were happy.  It was great watching the leaders at this point as they were on the other side of the road, i screamed ant any MS runners and harriers to cheer them on. At mile 20 I sneaked a peek at the Garmin, I was very surprised to see under three hours..and here is where the brain kicked in (maths as well as directions are not my strong point..) I realised I was close to a four hour ish finish. Things got a little less relaxed, there was some serious potential for a PB here, was I mad to try? Should I? This is London, of course I should!!  I ran harder, stopped messing about and knuckled down, 22, 23 miles, just a park run to go... Time looking good still... At 24 miles I was beaming, I was in PB territory and it felt good. 25-26 felt stupidly long and the, all of a sudden it was over. I had a medal around my neck and a shiney new PB on my Garmin. 
Off to the MS reception I got a 40min massage, hot food and a cup of tea as well as some lovely thank yous. 
We all met at the Cenotaph afterwards, there were a few new PBS and lots of stories to share on the bus home.
What a fab day out and some brilliant running too. 
And the biggest thank yous to all that donated, target is smashed and money still coming in too! 
It's London baby