Record-breaking Cooray leads Vale’s charge at London Marathon

Vale runners (L-R) Charlotte Steptoe, Ben Jackson, Richard Bazeley, Alan Roberts and Rob Taylor after the 2015 London Marathon
Vale runners (L-R) Charlotte Steptoe, Ben Jackson, Richard Bazeley, Alan Roberts and Rob Taylor after the 2015 London Marathon

Vale of Aylesbury once again had a strong contingent of athletes competing in the 2015 London Marathon at the weekend.

Cheered on by the thousands of spectators lining the streets of London, the first Vale athlete home was Anuradha Cooray, competing for Sri Lanka.

Anuradha was part of the Elite race and had recently returned from a high altitude training camp in Kenya. His hard work paid off as broke the 40-year-old national record after clocking 2.13.47hrs, a new PB by two minutes. The 36-year-old athlete was delighted with his run and said he felt he still “has a lot in the tank.”

Fellow Aylesbury runner Richard Bazeley was also rewarded for his hard work when he smashed his PB by over 40 minutes, coming home in 3.03.57.

Rob Taylor just missed out on a PB but was delighted with his 2.57.32 following a long spell out injured, while Ben Jackson (3.34.03) and Will Tuckett (3.09.57) also competed.

In the V50 category, Steve Rooney ran a PB of 3.22.49 and Alan Roberts’ time of 3.14.55 was his fastest in a marathon since 2009. Vale’s sole lady competitor this year was Charlotte Steptoe, who finished in an excellent 3.02.22 which is a PB by more than six minutes.