Halstead runners impress in London

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Halstead Road Runners fielded an impressive 11 athletes in the field of over 35,000 in London Marathon on Sunday.

Marathon running legend Andy Wilmot, 70, finished 18th in his age category in a mind boggling time of three hours and 58 minutes.

Nia Fortun raised more than £3,000 in aid of Help For Hero’s in memory of her late husband, finishing in 5.25 to set a new personal best (pb).

Rosie Atkins, knocked a huge 26 minutes from her pb, finishing in 4.02 and the first lady for the club.

Club chairman Del Harrington managed to improve his pb by six minutes, finishing in 4.35, while Stuart Prestney improved his by six minutes in just 3.02.

Club Captain Jenn Langley, cheered on by young seven-year-old Joshua Desmond, whom she had raised more than £1,000 for, pushed her pain threshold to the absolute limits having injured her back the day before, finished her first marathon in 5.47.

Aaron Heard and Sam Wilson marked their London debuts with 5.15 and 4.40 respectively and Stuart Aitkin was second home for Halstead in 3.47, with Keith Thorogood and Mick Purkiss running 4.40 and 5.35.