Steel City Striders at the London Marathon Archive Page

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2005 marathon: Striders report, results and photos
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London marathon - Sunday 14th April 2014 - Striders Results (full results)
World record holder Wilson Kipsang broke the men's course record to regain the Virgin Money London Marathon title he won two years ago, while two-times world champion Edna Kiplagat made it third time lucky as she finally claimed the women's crown after finishing runner-up for the last two years. There were 35,766 finishers.
Position
Age Position
Name of Strider
Age Category
Time
1,019
595
Alastair Lawson
Senior Male
2:56:55
1,507
189
Nick Scott
Male Vet O/45
3:01:21
2,241
1125
Louis Wood
Senior Male
3:09:31
3,807
306
Ben Heller
Male Vet O/50
3:22:19
5,027
704
Phil Howson
Male Vet O/45
3:29:47
5,268
409
John Marples
Male Vet O/50
3:31:11
7,613
182
Mir Jensen
Female Vet O/45
3:44:03
11,163
12
Mary Picksley
12th Female Vet O/60
3:57:55
15,612
2296
Richard Clamp
Male Vet O/40
4:16:41
22,030
538
Tony Rooms
Male Vet O/55
4:43:41

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2013 London Marathon, Sunday 21st April 2013 - Striders results (full results)
Position
Age Position
Name of Strider
Age Category
Time
62
6
6th Male Vet O/40
2:33:45
909
540
Senior Male
2:55:51
4180
792
Male Vet O/40
3:26:59
7158
6
6th Female Vet O/60
3:44:05
14315
1901
Senior Female
4:15:35
16432
2327
Senior Female
4:24:32
16685
2386
Senior Female
4:25:39

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2012 London Marathon, Sunday 22nd April 2012 - Striders results (full results)
Position
Age Position
Name of Strider
Age Category
Time
173 in mens
20
Male Vet O/40
2:39:55
1,832 in mens
1,010
Senior Male
3:08:58
3,889 in mens
1,905
Senior Male
3:29:33
4.292 in mens
2,121
Senior Male
3:32:42
2,736 in womens
334
Female Vet O/45
4:05:49
2,859 in womens
31
Female Vet O/60
4:07:40
5,395 in womens
3,169
Senior Female
4:36:42

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2011 London Marathon, Sunday 17th April 2011 - Report by Pete Brown
Six Striders, including an astonishing 2:38.30 from David Palmer ran this years London Marathon, each of whom will have a different perspective on this national event.

My trip to London began at Nottingham 2009 when I ran a 'good for age' qualifying time. With falling standards in road racing, this has been getting easier and easier to achieve over the years. Not wanting to waste an opportunity, I decided to run this year but the marathon is an event where things will quickly come apart if you haven't put in the work beforehand - opportunity is not a replacement for motivation.You can look at the splits on the London Marathon website if you want to; there's no hiding place with chip timing these days.

However, if you're old enough and want to run a good London, getting into the 'good for age' start by running a qualifying time elsewhere is well worth the effort. With a dedicated marshalling area at the front of the Red Start, you're walked onto the start line in front of the masses like an elite athlete. Then, positioned with athletes of similar ability and intent, you can get a clear run without having to dodge people in fancy dress or already walking after 800m.

For me though, that's as good as it got. Crowded and noisy, although perversely I still got a guaranteed entry for 2012, the race was like being a character in a painting by Hieronymous Bosch. People who don't run still say you did well to finish but they just don't understand do they?
2011 London Marathon, Sunday 17th April 2011 - Striders Results (full results)
Position
Age Position
Name of Strider
Age Category
Time
132 in mens
19
Male Vet O/40
2:38:30
2,029 in mens
138
Male Vet O/50
3:14:30
4,528 in mens
2320
Senior Male
3:39:47
1,636 in womens
84
Female Vet O/50
3:57:23
11,134 in mens
5998
Senior Male
4:22:37
11,641 in mens
926
Male Vet O/50
4:25:38

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2010 London Marathon, Sunday 25th April 2010 - Report by Dave Birch
The London Marathon weekend began at Meadowhall bus station, as the Megabus demonstrated why it is so cheap by arriving 90 minutes late to take Colin West, Richard Maxted, Stuart Croydon, Matt Surgeon and yours truly to Victoria. Thus it was around 4pm when we alighted. A quick wash and change and off to the registration in Docklands. The train to the Expo was delayed as well (due to the line being blocked).  Mr Bedford had laid on private jets for the elites to beat the Ash Cloud, but spared no thought for the travel tribulations of Striders!  Finally we reached the Arena, and in what has become a tradition, we met up with Dave Ansell and had a quick look around after registering (fortunately for Stuart, who forgot his ID, there were no jobsworths on duty and he secured his number).  Then it was back to the hotels to relax – I met up with James Hunter, my room-mate for the weekend, and Colin and Matt went to the pub. Mary Picksley had arrived also.
 
Saturday morning  started with another tradition – the jog up to Buckingham Palace, St James’ Park, and the Mall, where we would end our odyssey the next day. We stopped for a chat with Lord (Roy) Hattersley, famous son of Sheffield, who graciously posed for a photograph (see below). Fortunately we were out of earshot when Mary exclaimed “who was that”?  In the afternoon I adhered to a London tradition of my own, watching the TV in the hotel watching news of the Owls battling relegation.  Colin and Matt went to the pub.  In the evening, the usual Italian restaurant was visited.
 
Sunday dawned thankfully cool and dull, as Saturday had been scorching, and no-one fancied race day to be similar.  James left early to acquire his “Pink Lady Apple” costume (which explains his finishing time) !! Perhaps James will write a report telling of  the experience of running dressed in this outfit!  The rest of us made our way on the train to Blackheath, where a downpour prior to the start dampened everyone somewhat, but although humid, the conditions were far better than seemed likely the day before.
 
The race stories of our party are that most were satisfied –
Stuart possibly the exception, as a severe cramp attack on the Mall (of all places) robbed him of a PB as he limped/hopped over the line.
Colin had an interrupted buildup, and intended a restrained run, as he put it, but he delivered a praiseworthy effort, especially as barley and hops had been such a part of his carbo-load. 
Mary produced another metronomic run for her 47th marathon, demonstrating her knowledge of distance running is superior to her knowledge of members of the Upper House! 
Matt had a problem with shin splints prior to the race, so his run of 4 mins quicker than 2 years previously was a fine effort.
Richard made his London debut after 7 previous attempts to enter. Richard ran with Matt for approximately half the race, and was pleased with his creditable sub-4 run, especially as he was “cut up” early on, losing his gels in the process!   
The race was my first road race since London 2008, due to injury and operation, so I was happy to put a campaign together, and race relatively OK for an old git.  
 
Afterwards we had some beer before boarding the coach back to Sheffield, where, gratefully, yours truly was picked up by Dave Beech. Dave and I had some beer, then he dropped me home. Colin and Matt went to the pub. 
 
This was my 12th completed London, and my last. You have to stop sometime, and whilst the race itself, and, as always, the company of Striders was first-rate, the journey to the Expo & the rest of the hullabaloo has worn thin.  There have been good experiences - PB in 1991, then off to Wembley to see Owls beat Man Utd in League Cup, and funnily enough, this year, when recording my most evenly split race (1:38:45 & 1:39:01 halves), feeling strong all the way through.  The bad was the 2005 “bag incident” year of course. So, although I will miss the noise, the colour, and the sheer intensity, it’s time to bid farewell to the glorious madhouse that is the London Marathon.  (This doesn’t necessarily apply to other marathons though)!  
2010 London Marathon, Sunday 25th April 2010 - Striders Results (full results)
Position
Age Position
Name of Strider
Age Category
Time
557 in mens
367
Senior Male
2:52:36
1438 in mens
837
Senior Male
3:06:29
1564 in mens
85
Male Vet O/50
3:07:52
2482 in mens
43
Dave Birch (see photo below)
Male Vet O/55
3:17:46
1206 in womens
23
Female Vet O/55
3:46:53
8194 in mens
4461
Senior Male
3:56:39
1217 in mens
912
Male Vet O/50
4:17:16
15940 in mens
8775
Senior Male
4:38:22
22779 in mens
12573
Senior Male
5:45:32
2010 London Marathon, Sunday 25th April 2010 - Striders Photos
Below: From left to right Mary, Matt, Colin, Lord Haterseley and dog, James and Dave
Bottom photo: BBC's 'Face on the London marathon'. The photo was nicked from the bbc website advertising the 2011 London marathon coverage. It could be the next undiscovered british talent in running......or Dave Birch looking like he has run nearly 26 miles in the 2010 London marathon!

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2009 London Marathon, Sunday 26th April 2009 - Striders Results (full results)
Position
Age Position
Name of Strider
Age Category
Time
970 in mens
589
Phil Cooper
Senior Male
3:00:39
1259 in mens
736
Stuart Croydon
Senior Male
3:05:47
244 in womens
153
Nina Wiggett
Senior Female
3:19:05
5259 in mens
2782
Louis Wood
Senior Male
3:41:57
974 in womens
15
Mary Picksley
Female Vet O/55
3:43:29
997 in womens
39
Stephanie Street
Female Vet O/50
3:43:51
6873 in mens
492
Anthony Billinghurst
Male Vet O/50
3:51:51
9595 in mens
679
Sam Sockett
Male Vet O/50
4:05:37
9677 in mens
5342
David Whittaker
Senior Male
4:06:10
3528 in womens
190
Stella Ward
Female Vet O/50
4:24:39
3953 in womens
3437
Louise Whitehurst
Female Vet O/45
4:29:46
4706 in womens
2967
Helen Robinson
Senior Female
4:38:21

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2008 London Marathon, Sunday 13th April 2008 - Report by Dave Birch
35,044 competitors started the 28th London Marathon, of whom 11 represented Striders. Five of these (Mary Picksley, Colin West, Barry Gyte, Matt Surgeon and yours truly) travelled together on the prior Friday. Registration was accomplished by the evening, after meeting Dave Ansell at the Expo, and Saturday began with a light jog from the hotel in Victoria up to the Mall and back via St James Park. The Saturday evening dinner passed pleasantly, variations on a pasta theme were de rigeur, with Colin this time avoiding a Houston type fuelling choice. (He and Matt did indulge in a bottle or two of Guinness, however). Well, it is said to be good for you!  A few hours sleep later we were on our way to Blackheath for the start. (On a personal note, this time I didn't leave all my gear on the train - see 2005 report for the sorry tale). After exchanging greetings with Dave Parry who calmly strolled into the Green start area about five minutes before the baggage lorries were due to depart, we took our places in the start pen. The Green start had been changed this year, with an awkward 90 degree turn after about 100 metres. Fortunately this didn't cause too much of a problem, although the "celebrities" were placed at the front, ahead of the "Good for Age" runners, so the first mile was the slowest of the race for me and Barry (8:20). This was partly due to going past the Masai Warriors, one of whom abruptly stopped to retrieve a dropped item, almost causing a pile-up, not to mention giving Barry a near miss with his spear. We then passed a young woman wearing an outfit which appeared to have been purchased at Janet Reger rather than Keep on Running, and were finally into our stride.

Barry had been suffering from a debilitating virus prior to the race, and decided to run conservatively and keep me company, so Colin disappeared into the distance whilst we settled into our pace. The miles to Cutty Sark passed uneventfully, apart from some Barnsley AC runners calling us "Dee-Dahs". We decided against tripping them up. By the time the approach to Tower Bridge was reached, the wind was increasing and spots of rain were apparent. Tower Bridge was, as always, deafening and inspiring, but of course after the crossing there is the knowledge that you are not yet at halfway, and are starting to feel tired. The rain then came full on, shoes and socks quickly becoming soaked. At roughly the 14 mile point, we saw the leading men's group fly past in the other direction, with the American - Ryan Hall - mixing it with Lel and co. Barry pressed on at this point, although not quite matching the 4:41 that Lel produced in mile 25 !

A mini crisis occurred at 18 miles, when calculating that another hour of running lay ahead, which seemed a long time with the invisible rolling pin whacking the quads every step of the way. However, I managed to put this away and count down the miles instead, which is a much better strategy. The rain had relented by now, so it was "batten down the hatches" and head for home. By mile 23, you just want it to end, but the Palace of Westminster draws you towards it, along the corridor of noise that is the Embankment, then you are on Birdcage Walk with 800 metres to go, and finally, joy of all joys, you can stop running !!

This was my 11th London, and 21st marathon finished, and although now half an hour slower than my best, I still take satisfaction from completing the distance to the best of my ability on the day, and particularly enjoy the unique London atmosphere. Afterwards, Jon Crook (who ran a superb PB) had a chat as I did my comedy shuffle through the park, then it was back to the hotel to meet the others. Matt improved on his last two London times, Mary heeded her husband Nigel's advice to run without looking at her watch (in view of hip problems experienced in the previous few weeks), and was rewarded with a 9th age group placing, declaring herself well pleased with her day's work; Barry ran excellently, as the aforementioned virus had seemed quite serious only; one week prior to the race, and Colin recorded yet another sub-3, vindicating his avoidance of the Texas diet this time.

Before boarding the train home, refreshment was taken at the pub, the pleasure not even marred by the rudest Londoners in the world, who seemed to be exceedingly offended by our polite enquiry for vacant seats. This was by far outweighed though, by the tens of thousands of the opposite personalities who welcomed all the runners to their city with great generosity of spirit. Thanks to them all, and to my companions Colin, Barry, Matt, Mary (and Nigel) whose company was the icing on the FLM cake.
2008 London Marathon, Sunday 13th April 2008 - Striders Results (full results)
Position
Age Position
Name of Strider
Age Category
Time
281
78
Male Vet O/35
2:44:13
756
72
Male Vet O/45
2:56:04
2350
151
Male Vet O/50
3:14:46
2459
162
Male Vet O/50
3:15:50
2635
56
Male Vet O/55
3:17:38
790
9
Female Vet O/55
3:41:07
7031
975
Male Vet O/45
3:47:51
1138
73
Female Vet O/50
3:49:11
8114
606
Male Vet O/45
3:53:23
10385
169
Male Vet O/60
4:03:28
13617
1804
Male Vet O/45
4:21:14
2008 London Marathon, Sunday 13th April 2008 - Striders Photos
Clockwise from top left: Guinness the best part; our host at restaurant; saturday morning run; pre-race past

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2007 London Marathon, Sunday 22nd April 2007 - Striders Results (full results)
Position
Age Position
Name of Strider
Age Category
Time
225
62
Male Vet O/35
2:44:51
371
65
Male Vet O/40
2:50:32
549
50
Male Vet O/45
2:55:11
948
43
Male Vet O/50
3:02:14
1303
279
Male Vet O/40
3:08:14
2546
562
Male Vet O/35
3:23:19
616
2
Female Vet O/55
3:37:55
8928
655
Male Vet O/50
4:08:24
12290
418
Male Vet O/55
4:27:14
3368
162
Female Vet O/50
4:30:26
13187
1648
Male Vet O/45
4:32:33
3569
328
Female Vet O/45
4:33:33
3689
718
Female Vet O/25
4:35:11
4149
204
Female Vet O/50
4:41:46
16313
2969
Male Vet O/30
4:50:42
18054
3421
Male Vet O/35
5:01:32
2007 London Marathon, Sunday 22nd April 2007 - Striders Photos
James Hunter, Colin West, Stuart Croydon, Mary Picksley and Barry Gyte relaxing before the race (middle and right), and with Dave Ansell at the London Marathon Expo on the day before the race (left).

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2006 London Marathon, Sunday 23rd April 2006 - Striders Results (full results)
Position
Age Position
Name of Strider
Age Category
Time
461
445
Dave Smith
Male Vet O/40
2:48:25
553
534
Colin West
Male Vet O/40
2:50:16
1145
1077
Nicholas Scott
Male Vet O/30
2:59:10
2592
2367
Dave Parry
Male Vet O/50
3:14:36
5322
678
Alison Bent
Senior Women
3:33:17
6201
5359
Phil Howson
Male Vet O/30
3:38:05
6464
5570
Stuart Croydon
Male Vet O/30
3:39:22
9154
7705
Phil Barrett
Male Vet O/40
3:51:31
13543
11062
Kevin Rains
Male Vet O/30
4:08:09
15922
12798
Ian Blackburn
Male Vet O/40
4:17:48
17406
13847
Matt Surgeon
Male Vet O/40
4:23:39
18845
4041
Stella Ward
Female Vet O/50
4:28:55
18910
14839
Nick O'Sullivan
Male Vet O/30
4:29:07
26752
19744
Brian Blakey
Male Vet O/60
5:07:36
2006 London Marathon, Sunday 23rd April 2006 - Striders Photos
Clockwsie from top left: Striders at the EXPO Pasta Party; Wishing the Queen 'happy birthday'; On the Mall; The best part - after the race!; Same restaurant as 2005; Alison enjoying a pre-race pizza.

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2005 London Marathon, Sunday 18th April 2005 - Report by Dave Birch
On the eve of the 2005 London Marathon, seven Striders and two supporters gathered around a table at an Italian restaurant. A combination of first-time marathoners, first-time London marathoners and old hands, all united in a common cause, this was Striders at its best. Not all present had met previously, but this was no impediment to a convivial occasion, even though the only beverage consumed in any quantity was plain old H2O!; Twenty four hours later each would have a story to tell.

Race day dawned, and we were greeted with perfect conditions; fine with minimal breeze - ideal for racing, and Striders proceeded to deliver some great performances.
Matt Surgeon had prepared by travelling down at 04:30 am on Saturday, and walking around London all day, including a bit of 'hillwork' up the 190 steps of Covent Garden underground! Matt recorded a 4 hours 44 minutes finish, which he declared satisfactory after a less than perfect build-up.
James Hunter had seemed the most nervous diner, but channelled this into reducing his PB by 6 minutes. This was despite a severe attack of cramp at 23 miles which cost James over 20 minutes! Revitalised by emergency massage and Jelly Babies, James finished in 4 hours 14 minutes.
Kate Morrell was making her marathon debut, and was concerned that she had been allocated a starting pen much further back than her expected time warranted. A more appropriate place was secured, however, and Kate made the most of this with a tremendous time of 3 hours 44 minutes, achieving her goal of automatic entry next year as "Good for Age". 
Mick Temprell presented himself for the journey to the start wearing just his race gear! After being reminded there were still 3 hours to go, Mick donned his tracksuit, and was rewarded for keeping his legs warm with a 10 minute PB, crossing the line in 3 hours 42 minutes.
Barry Gyte had his pre-race routine disrupted by an unscheduled dash back to Blackheath station from the start area (see final paragraph). Undeterred, Barry had a fantastic race to finish in 604th place (24th M50) in 2 hours 52 minutes - a PB by 5 minutes.
Colin West attained fame (or notoriety) even before the race, as his name was emblazoned on a prominently displayed T-shirt at the marathon exhibition. Colin's deeds, however, matched his publicity and he stormed round in 401st place in 2:47:50 - another in the avalanche of Striders' PB's, again by 5 minutes. Colin's split times have just a one minute differential (1:23:25 & 1:24:25), indicating what a superb run this was. 
N.B. Colin and Barry have asked that their thanks to Pete Brown is placed on record, as his weekly speed sessions have proved a key part of their Marathon preparation.
Finally - your (dis)honorable correspondent left his bag on the train at Blackheath. This contained race shoes complete with timing chip, not to mention money/clothes/debit card/train ticket to Sheffield - in fact everything except what I stood up in. Hence I was out of the race. All who have spent months preparing for a Marathon with a specific target in mind will know how I felt.
2005 London Marathon, Sunday 18th April 2005 - Striders Results (full results)
Position
Age Position
Name of Strider
Age Category
Time
401
374
Colin West
Male Vet O/40
2:47:50
493
463
David Smith
Male Vet O/30
2:49:56
604
571
Barry Gyte
Male Vet O/50
2:52:30
6642
851
Kate Morrell
Female Vet O/30
3:44:06
10666
1737
Louise Whitehurst
Female Vet O/40
4:05:13
12291
10168
James Nelson
Male Vet O/50
4:11:45
12549
2193
Stella Ward
Female Vet O/40
4:12:43
12656
10435
Ian Blackburn
Male Vet O/40
4:13:08
12914
10628
James Hunter
Male Vet O/30
4:14:04
20967
16227
Matthew Surgeon
Male Vet O/40
4:44:39
23899
18136
Paul Groom
Male Vet O/50
4:57:11
31071
22391
Michael Newsam
Male Vet O/60
5:51:19
2005 London Marathon, Sunday 16th April 2005 - Striders Photos
Clockwsie from top left: Colin's T-Shirt; Matt Surgeon after 26 miles; Celebrating the night after the race; Eating pasta the night before the race


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