PRE-RACE FEATURE AND LINKS
OFFICIAL MARATHON PHOTOS
THIS SECTION ILLUSTRATES WHAT I TRIED TO PUT INTO A THOUSAND UNPUBLISHED WORDS - WHAT MAKES THE FLORA LONDON MARATHON SPECIAL
WORLD CLASS ATHLETICS
Photo by Tim Watt
Picture by Geoff Farrant
September Jackie O'Halloran weighed 18 stone and, as a 57 year old, she hadn't run since
school. Her first walk with personal trainer Ben Scott was 1.5 miles and they returned to the car with Jackie out
On Sunday Jackie defied the odds to get around the full 26.2 miles. Ben told the story: "The
last 4-5 miles was probably some of the slowest I have ever travelled. But we
travelled it, we kept moving. Jackie had huge blisters from around mile 9 and
was in a great deal of pain and discomfort. She kept going although it was
obviously hurting her. She was in tears for much of the final mile. But she
did it. Having seen the effort that it took to finish in 9 1/2 hours I can
appreciate that it was an individual battle."
Unfortunately the finish time was outside the 8 hour mark, when the timing
equipment is dismantled, but Ben thought he heard an official give a time of 9h
Eight of the fifty Manx runners pictured at London City Airport on Friday morning.
Back row: Jo Glassey, Debby Ashe, Mark Clague, Eugene Wilson & Keith Button.
Front row: Paul Curphey, Nigel Armstrong and Jason Cochrane.
Two hours before the start at the Strand Palace Hotel.
Irene George, Michael George, Nigel Armstrong, Paul Curphey, Murray Lambden & Ian Callister
Michael George (note the mobile phone in the right hand!) and Paul Curphey (pictures courtesy of Tim Watt/RaceWalking Record)
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Prime mover - Nigel Armstrong outside Downing Street on Monday and fastest man on Sunday.
Ian Callister - ran his 18th London Marathon.
Lisa Couch - raised £1,500 for Welchild
Catriona Farrant - helped compile lists.
Plenty of road to spare for Vera Jones just before 18 miles (picture by Geoff Farrant)
Still running - Murray Lambden waves as he turns at 14 miles (John Rogers)
Ingrid Hatton, fastest Manx resident woman in London during the 2005 Clerical Medical Parish walk (picture by Murray Lambden)