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Sunday 22nd April – Virgin London Marathon


The 32nd Virgin London Marathon was won by Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) in 2.04.44 and the first lady in “25th position” overall was Mary Keitang (Kenya) in 2.18.37.

For OAC, Tom Midgley recorded a pb finishing 1,143rd in 2.59.41

Karen Potter whilst raising money for Help The Heroes here also recorded a pb in 3,229th position (325th lady) in 3.20.30.

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Hugh Pearson also ran extremely well finishing 3,937th in 3.26.17.

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

Race preview in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Results from Virgin London Marathon.

  1. #1 by Billy on April 22, 2012 - 12:58 pm

    Well Done to you all. Managed to spot Karen on TV just after the start. 🙂

  2. #2 by Tamara Weatherhead on April 22, 2012 - 1:04 pm

    Knew you could do it, Karen! Well done Hugh and Tom too.

  3. #3 by Andrew Robertshaw on April 22, 2012 - 1:15 pm

    Well done all, & Karen’s time broke long standing vets records by Linda Land (v35) & Kath (V40) too..

  4. #4 by Julian on April 22, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    Yes congratulations to Tom, Karen and Hugh who had all been struggling with injuries in the run-up to the event.
    The only slight downpoint for the London Marathon is that it never provides much opportunity for Club Runner of the Year points…

  5. #5 by Matt Broughton on April 22, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    Fantastic achievements all round. Congratulations to you all.

  6. #6 by matt on April 22, 2012 - 6:44 pm

    Not my type of race, distance ok – but location and surface…..
    Really well done to you all. not that Tom didn’t do well but fantastic for Karen, and Hugh said on Tuesday Night (see, the extra distance training helped) that he didn’t feel good and was just going to jog round!
    Good effort all Matt

  7. #7 by Hugh_P on April 22, 2012 - 8:01 pm

    I had planned to jog but then someone in an Ilkley vest came past me at mile one and then the race was on!
    Harrogate League next. Up the Black and Whites!!

  8. #8 by Howard on April 23, 2012 - 9:37 am

    Those all look like fantastic times to me, so well done all. Hugh did you beat the Ilkley guy?

  9. #9 by Mick Jeffrey on April 23, 2012 - 1:49 pm

    How come Tom and especially Karen don’t look like they’ve been for a run nevermind a marathon.I never looked like that when I was silly enough to do them. Congratulations all round.

  10. #10 by Hugh_P on April 24, 2012 - 9:09 am

    Howard – kept with him until the Isle of dogs where he scampered off into the distance 🙁

  11. #11 by Tom Potter on April 24, 2012 - 10:14 am

    Fantastic day once again! just a shame OAC only had three runners on the day. Ilkley, Wetherby, Harrogate and many other local clubs had quite a large contingent out on the day. Come on the Black & Whites lets swamp it next year..Ballot opens on 30th April – NEXT MONDAY!!

  12. #12 by reid haddow on April 24, 2012 - 4:55 pm

    well done Tom, well done Karen, saw you all come home, well done Hugh, what a credit to the “Black and Whites”, you were all Fantastic!!!

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