It started with despair for Charlotte Purdue, the marathon runner saying she was “thrown under a bus” when she was omitted from the Great Britain squad for the rearranged Tokyo Olympics, despite ticking off the required qualification time.
But 2021 is ending on a high, smashing her personal best by more than two minutes at the London Marathon to cement her place as the third-fastest British woman in history, following victory at the Big Half in August and a third-place finish at the Great North Run.
1st male Brit to finish was Junior doctor Phil Sesemann with a remarkable seventh-place finish, Sesemann, who trains with a dog called Kipchoge and describes himself as an “occasional GB distance athlete” on social media, crossing the line just one place behind defending champion Shura Kitata of Ethiopia.
Best known as a track specialist, the Yorkshireman only completed his first half-marathon six weeks ago and inevitably tired in the closing stages of Sunday’s race, but dug deep to finish in two hours, 12 minutes and 58 seconds.
Back to Queensbury’s elite and it was Glenn Thornton and Kaela Thurston running the race for Queensbury. Glenn was 1st back with a cracking time 4:20:17 followed by Kaela in 5:29:22 both great performances well done to you both very inspiring.
Well done to you both, we hope you enjoyed the experience, now you can sit back and cheer on this weekends Manchester Marathon runners.