A capital effort by 20 runners

By Mark Elson in Athletics

JOHN Russell again went under the three-hour mark in the Virgin London Marathon as no less than 20 Forest of Dean AC runners completed the gruelling 26-mile 385-yard route through the capital.

He finished with half a minute to spare in two hours 59 minutes 30 seconds after running 2.56.03 last year.

Club mate Richard Powles went so close to dipping under the mark in 3.00.54, while Dan Sandford wasn’t far behind in 3.04.59, followed by Richard Peglar in 3.06.48.

Julian Boon completed his fifth London Marathon in 10 years by finishing in 3.14.21 in aid of mental health charity MIND in memory of his sister, while Catherine Roberts was the club’s fastest woman in 3.31.26 in her 11th marathon overall.

Robert Freeman running for a club team raising funds for Trauma Care finished in 3.37.05, with Brian Francis in 3.46.10 just getting home 13 seconds ahead of Helen Lipscombe, and Chris Moore in his third London Marathon 59 seconds further back.

Frank Williams cros­sed in 3.48.14, while Melinda Ruck finished inside the four-hour mark in 3.52.19 to raise more than £1,190 for Great Oaks Hospice in Coleford.

Jane Creed got round in 4.03.09, with Gemma Hewitt, running for cancer charity Tenovus in memory of her mother, recording 4.17.00.

Stefanie Francis, wife of Brian, was cheered on by her parents who had flown in from Germany, to finish in 4.27.29, while Lucozade Suntori Ribena ballot winner Angela Bowkett got home in 4.40.58.

Three years to the day after having a hip

replacement, Martin Adams dipped under the five-hour mark in 4.53.03 in aid of Children with Cancer, with Trauma Care fundraisers Tracy Lord (5.18.51) and Sally Turner (5.18.52) finishing together, followed by teammate Jessica Ko (5.28.20), who works at Gloucester trauma unit.

The Trauma Care quartet have so far raised more than £3,800 from their efforts on their Just Giving pages.

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