JARLATH McKenna and Mary Menon finished top west runners in the Virgin London Marathon today.
Bristol & West’s McKenna, who is a former winner of the Easy Runner/Bristol Post athlete of the month competition, made the top 50 in the championship event as he clocked a time of 2hrs 32mins for 41st place.
In the hot conditions – the warmest day ever for the event – McKenna’s time was his slowest on the course since he made his debut in London on 2014.
Two years ago McKenna (pictured) ran his PB of 2:24.12 in London and while 2:32.00 is still an excellent time it just underlines how difficult the conditions were today for the runners.
As team Bath’s Dan Jones said: “You train all winter in the freezing cold and rain and then on race day you get weather like that. It was the toughest marathon conditions I have run in and I don’t reckon there will be many PBs today.
“A lot of people were pulling out.”
With many fo the west’s top women giving the event a miss it was left to Menon of Ilfracombe Running Club to fly the regional flag as she clocked 2:53.44, just over two minutes off the PB she set on the same course last year.
Remarkably just a few weeks ago she won the Taunton marathon in 2:51.20!
Second quickest woman in the west and fastest in Bristol was Jane Faram of Southville Running Club in 3:08.57, well outside her PB of 3:03.22 set in Spain last year.
Virgin London Marathon – Women (selected West runners): Mary Menon (Ilfracombe RC) 2:53.44; Jane Faram (Southville RC) 3:08.57; Samantha Lake (Tavistock RP) 3:11.53; Alison McEwing (EVH) 3:12.29; Hannah Claydon (Swin) 3:13.24; Samantha Antell (Bide) 3:15.19; Lauren Price (Bitt RR) 3:16.08; Amy Sole (CAC) 3:16.57; Phil Richards (Weston AC, W40) 3:18.14; Catie O’Donoghue 3:21.59;
Men: 41 Jarlath Mckenna (B&W) 2:32.00; 43 Ben Cole (Swin) 2:32.19; 104 Ryan Snell (Exm) 2:37.46; 120 Jordan Morant (Haye Runners) 2:38.17; 168 Dan Jones (TB) 2:41.08; 185 Jon Cracknell (TB) 2:41.54; 207 Kieron Summers (Weston, M40) 2:42.30; 213 Jordan Andrews (Tavistock) 2:42.44; 247 Oliver Jones (ECH, M40) 2:44.24; 417 Jamie McBrien (Corsham RC) 2:49.35; 431 Josh Taylor (TB) 2:49.47; 477 Sam Wilson (GWR) 2:50.59; 493 Aaron Pritchard (TB) 2:51.28; 520 James Donald (TB) 2:52.05; 591 Graham Breen (B&W, M40) 2:53.27; 598 Simon Brace (TB, M40) 2:53.32;
DNF: Pete Le Grice (B&W).