Five Retford runners take on the world famous London Marathon

Four of the five Retford runners taken just before the race start. From left to right: David Corbett, Jon Hewitt, Pete Barr and Lee Ellis.
Four of the five Retford runners taken just before the race start. From left to right: David Corbett, Jon Hewitt, Pete Barr and Lee Ellis.
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Five Retford Athletic and Running Club members headed to the nation’s capital at the weekend, to join Mo Farrah and 36,000 other runners in the 34th London Marathon.

In warm but tough conditions for the 26.2 mile run, first home for the Retford club was Ben Harris, who finished in a remarkable time of 2:43:57 on his London Marathon debut.

Pete Barr and John Hewitt who were also making their first appearance in the London Marathon and they were next home for Retford, finishing in great times of 3:07:01 and 3:11:09 respectively.

David Corbett was next to cross the line, just managing to scrape under the 3hr 20m barrier finishing in 3:19:58 after a sprint down the Mall .

The performance also saw him take five minutes off his 2013 finish time.

Completing the field for Retford was Lee Ellis, yet another runner also taking on the London course for the first time, and he put in an excellent performance to finish in a very impressive time of 3:45:22.

A club spokesman told the Guardian they were proud of the efforts of their representatives in the world famous marathon, not only on the streets of London but fundraising in the weeks and months before the race.

He said: “Great performances from each member of the team, who between them raised hundreds of pounds for charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care and Bassetlaw Hospice.”

Retford Athletic and Running Club was founded in 1983 by a group of athletes mainly interested in road running.

The club is always on the look out for new members of all abilities across the junior and senior sections.

Visit www.retfordac.co.uk