Winds and rain fail to stop the striders

PUBLISHED: 16:54 31 May 2011

Al and Steve in Edinburgh

Al and Steve in Edinburgh


Two personal bests and a sub-three an a half hour finish were the superb results from the Edinburgh Marathon for the Saffron Striders.

Three club members took the long trip north of the border to join almost 10,000 runners tackling one of the UK’s most popular road races.

Although the race’s first seven miles are gently downhill, the latter coastal sections are challenging and driving rain and strong headwinds did nothing to assist the 9,668 athletes taking part.

Nonetheless, Stephane Toussenel achieved an excellent 3hrs 24mins 35secs to finish 924th, two minutes faster than his last London Marathon time.

Steve Inkley smashed both his marathon personal best and his sub-4 hour target or this race with a 3hr 55min finish in only his second-ever marathon.

Just a few minutes behind was Alistair Cooke who was delighted with his personal best time of 4hrs 5mins. His finish was a full 16 minutes faster than the personal best he set in London in 2009.

- Meanwhile other Striders were out in force at the Henham 10K. Some 23 club members were among the 297 runners on the starting line. The race was part of the club’s 2011 championship, and Andrew Mynott’s first place in a blistering 34mins 38secs set a new course record and puts him clearly in the lead at the top of the championship table with maximum points after three races.

A further four runners finished in medal positions – Nigel Coates, who was sixth overall, took the prize for first male aged over 50 with a time of 39mins 29secs, while Fiona Halls and Fiona Tideswell were first a second females. Hall’s time was 40mins 56secs (15th overall) and Fiona Tideswell was close behind with 41mins 46secs (19th overall).

And Margit Wendelberger-James took the medal for first female over 50 with her strong finish of 49mins 31 secs, making her 87th overall.

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