Strathearn Harriers - New Year's Day Run 2014

New club marathon record for Wendy Taylor at London

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Late April is always a special time for British marathon runners with the London Marathon dominating the lives of many thousands of runners. This year, four Harriers were running the London Marathon, with two of them, Gary Brock and Janine Grant, making their marathon debuts.

Gary was running with husband-and-wife team Paul and Wendy Taylor, raising money for Leukaemia CARE, having been inspired by the young daughter of friends who has been diagnosed with leukaemia. Craig and Carole Ewing’s 7-year old daughter Amber is in P3 at Crieff Primary School and is currently undergoing treatment for the disease in Edinburgh.

The day was a great success for all three runners, but particularly for Wendy, who set a new personal best time and a new club record with an excellent time of 3.28.44. Paul was hampered over the closing stages with a calf injury, but his time of 3.37.31 was still an impressive one, and Gary ran very despite injury-disrupted training to finish in 3.54.43. The trio have raised nearly £1800 so far. If you would like to contribute, visit Wendy’s JustGiving page at or find the ‘Harriers for charity’ page on the club website. Wendy also achieves a Gold Achievement Standard.

Also running was Janine Grant, who ran a well-measured race to finish in 4.35.06.