Bearbrook runners break PBs galore at London Marathon


Bearbrook runners enjoyed an excellent time at the 2015 London Marathon at the weekend.

First home for the club was Emma Curtis Smith, who returned from injury in fine style as she clocked 3.03.13hrs, which was just 25 seconds ahead of club mate Pearce Phillips.

Next back was Richard Barcock in a personal best time of 3.15.22, and he was followed by Maria Russell (3.29.48) and Ian McBean, who ran 3.31.47 and raised an impressive £2,000 for Multiple Sclerosis.

Great Britain triathlete Paula Robinson clocked a new PB of 3.37.21 to be next to finish with Stephen Thirkettle also breaking his PB four minutes further back, and six seconds behind him was Kelvin Ripley who was yet another Bearbrook runner to set a new PB.

Jack Watt, running for Find a Cure for Frankie, crossed the finish line in 3.54.48 while Jon Horton added £1,700 to the club’s chosen charity, the Thames & Chiltern Air Ambulance, as he ran a PB of 3.57.51.

Pleased to be under the four-hour mark, by just two seconds, was Luke Faulkner, who headed home fellow Bearbrook runner Ronald Simmonds (4.08.16), with Tammy Mamsim next back in 4.15.17.

Claire Hilsdon and Andrew Gardner raised over £900 for the BEARS charity which supports doctors and paramedics as they clocked 7.44 and 5.18.25 respectively, while Karen Millard, running for the Miscarriage Association, finished in 4.38.38 to complete a fine day for Bearbrook Running Club that saw thousands of pounds raised for charity and numerous PB times broken.

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