The St Albans Striders membership year runs from April to March each year, concurrent with the England Athletics membership year.
The cost for club membership for the full year or any part of it is £27. If you have volunteered at a Striders event between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 then you are eligible for volunteer membership at the discounted rate of £17.
The Virgin Money London Marathon took place on Sunday 28th April, where St Albans Striders had an impressively large contingent, and a number of the club’s runners achieved notable performances and/or personal bests.
First Strider to finish was Kurtis Gibson with 2:28:41, good enough to be 63rd outside of the elites.
Next up was Rob Spencer with 2:34:41, followed by Phill Evans 2:36:03, and Steve Buckle 2:36:33.
Andrew Mckillop achieved another personal best (PB) by going sub-2:45 with 2:44:54. Martin Whitforth had an impressive run after an enforced spell away from the sport to finish in 2:48:38.
Peter Crowdell ran 2:52:12, just ahead of Stephen Hosty who ran an enthusiastic race to cross the line in 2:52:27.
Nick Pattison looked confident towards the end of the run as he went on to finish in 2:54:10.
Gary Warren came in at 2:55:55, just ahead of Richard Harry who completed his 14th consecutive London Marathon with an impressive 2:55:58.
Jim King completed the course in 2:57:10, a new two-minute PB, after having raised over £16,000 for Bone Cancer research.
Ian Hirth suffered a nosebleed during the race but credited the crowds to lift him to finish just over the three-hour mark in 3:04:42, one second ahead of new Strider Darran Wilson who ran his first London Marathon with an official time of 3:04:43.
Jamie Sinclair was close behind Wilson with 3:05:26. Young athlete Will Bowran came in at 3:09:03 with David Mellor on 3:13:13, while Paul Schalker finished in 3:16:29.
First female Strider Anna Buckingham was chuffed to bits to PB with 3:17:59, after chasing the 3:15 pacer for much of the race.
Stacey Harris finished in 3:21:37, whilst Rachel Dixon was delighted to cut five minutes off her previous marathon PB with a time of 3:23:54. Peter Clarke was just behind with 3:24:07.
Nicky Laitner ran 3:33:01, a four-minute PB, and an hour faster than her first London Marathon in 1997.
Long-running Strider Martin Halling finished in 3:41:08. Amy Heap on the second part of her double-marathon fundraising adventure for charity Mind scooped a time of 3:49:49. Mike Dando came in with 3:54:54. Helena Garrick was another to secure a sub-4 marathon with 3:57:56.
Rose McGinness got her medal after running for 4:01:32, ten minutes ahead of her daughters Katie and Leanne who crossed the line together in 4:11:19.
Alison Massey finished in 4:07:17 with Jonathan Poole not too far behind in 4:11:52, followed by Steph Jones with 4:12:01 and Laura Meaker in 4:12:58. Marc Phillips came through in 4:23:25. Emily Eldred conquered a tough race to finish her first marathon in 4:24:36. Jessica MacGregor came in at 4:27:01 while Joe Beaton ran in 4:40:36.
Long-time Strider Paddy Green finished in 4:44:38. Gill Hudnott completed her first marathon in 4:47:28, whilst raising over £4000 for Rennie Grove Hospice Care in the process. Sisters Hannah and Ruth Martin came round in 4:52:27 and 5:12:28 respectively. Jonny White crossed the line in 4:53:51 after a difficult race.
Kelly Durbridge ran the 26.2 mile course 4:57:43, raising over £2500 for Bernards Heath Infants School, Tracey Mostyn came in at 5:01:23, and last but definitely not least Bernadette Newby was over the moon to secure a 35-minute PB with 5:29:23.
Report by Howard Bull.
Photos at Blackfriars of Kurtis Gibson (1509), Phillip Evans (1885), Stephen Hosty (30570), Stacey Harris (29031) and Rachel Dixon (28426) by Alex Johnston.