Tuesday, April 25, 2017
It's that time of year again when thousands take to the streets of London for one of the biggest mass-participation sporting events in the world. This year we had three Harriers running, sisters Wendy Taylor and Susan Saunders, and their training companion Julia Greenlees.
Wendy had a great 2016 over the marathon distance, setting the three fastest club marathon times for women at the London, Strathearn and Glasgow Clyde marathons. She's obviously trained well over the winter, recording an outstanding 3.27.31, to give her a new London pb and her third time under the 3.30 mark. Somewhat against expectations, Wendy's time at London last year was five minutes slower that her Strathearn time, despite the hilly nature of the Strathearn route.
Next in was Julia, who has had a disrupted lead-in to the event, but ran well to record a fine time of 4.11.47. Julia is raising money to support the work of CHASE Africa, which provides education to vulnerable children across Kenya, particular those affected by FGM in south Kenya, and children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Western Kenya.
And not far behind was Susan, finishing in 4.27.30. Susan was raising money to help with the purchase of special communications equipment for the daughter of a friend, and will be running the Stirling Marathon in May as the second part of her fund-raising efforts. So far, Susan has raised over £1100.