The race was televised, however, if you were keeping your eyes peeled for our Harriers pair in their club vests then you will have been disappointed, as they were both running in fancy dress: Joan as a fairy and Stan as a Scotsman, complete with kilt!
On this occasion Stan had to settle for a finishing time that was 10 minutes down on Joan who had a truly superb run to clock a time of 1:56:28 for the 13.1 miles. When you consider that her average 10k time is usually around the 55 minute mark, you can see that she ran this more than double distance race at roughly the same pace! So, women really can go the distance! ;-) She finished in a highly respectable 5'300th place out of 18'000 entrants.
Stan also had a good run but could not quite match Joan on this occasion... perhaps his sporran got caught up in his, er.... kilt, and interupted his tsride pattern! Knowing Stan, he was probably milking the costume and the attention it brought him and savouring the whole race. He took 2:06:48 to complete, giving him 7'652nd spot overall.
The fetching pair before the start of the race!
Portuguese athlete, Sara Moreira took a comfortable victory in the women's race in 72:49.
Tragically a runner collapsed and died on the course. Our thoughts go out to their family.