London Marathon is a family affair for Harriers father and son duo

Gary and Tim Doughty at the London Marathon
Gary and Tim Doughty at the London Marathon

Tim Doughty led the Worksop Harriers home in Sunday’s London Marathon, knocking over 15 minutes off the time he record last year.

He finished the 2015 race in a personal best of 2:45:21 in 510th place.

To make it a double celebration his dad, Gary, also completed the race, finishing in 3:54:44.

Doughty junior was delighted to make the 35th London Marathon a family affair in the nation’s capital.

He said: “It’s taken about six years to sort but we finally managed it, today my dad and I ran the London marathon together.”

“Dad did really well and did 3.54.44. I did it in 2.45.21 which was annoyingly 22 seconds slower than I was aiming for.”

“Thank you to all the very kind people that wished us luck the last few days, all in all it didn’t go too badly”.

Following Doughty around the streets of London were Tony Jenks (3:29:12), Nigel Dawber (3:47:10) and Nicola Vaughan (3:55:02).

The Worksop Harriers ladies were in top form in the opening race in the Notts Summer League, which was held at Hexgreave Park.

Their senior ladies A team finished the 5.1 mile course an excellent first place, well supported by the B team in eighth place and the C team were 20th out of 26 teams.

The veteran ladies teams were also well placed with the A team fourth and B team 11th out of 25 teams.

The men’s teams were somewhat left in their slipstreams, figuratively speaking.

The senior men were 12th out of 21, and the veteran A team fourth out of 25, the veteran B team placing 11th.

A vintage performance by veteran Tracey West (2nd, 33:13) led the ladies teams home, well supported by Teresa McPake (4th, 33:35), Amy Fendley (13th, 36:10), Helen Broughton (24th, 37:15), Jo Mclean (26th, 37:30), Adele Bryan (36th, 39:07), Caroline McGinley (46th, 39:40), Melissa Bennett (47th, 39:40), Charlotte Hewitt (57th, 40:44), Tracy Hamilton (61st, 40:55), Sally Staveley (83rd, 42:44), Emma Hurst (90th, 43:35), Cathy Mhemere (94th, 43:47), Janet Chapell (102nd, 44:07), Gill Shephard (119th, 45:17), Kerry Dickinson (148th, 50:34).

Tom Shaw (22nd, 29:45) bounced back from a broken collar bone to be the Harriers leading man and was followed home by Rob Roper (69th, 32:11), Dave Wass (94th, 33:33), John Hewitt (96th, 33:37), Tony Jenks (106th, 33:59), Rob Smith (112th, 34:180, Colin Laughton (114th, 34:28), Paul Dickinson (117th, 34:38), John Harrison (125th, 35:08), Danny Scott (127th, 35:12), Peter Fendley (129th, 35:16), Aaron Jackson (141st, 35:47), Paul Hurst (149th, 36:36), Dave Havenhand (160th, 37:18), Jimmy Kelly (185th, 38:46), John Bradshaw (192nd, 39:22) and John Shephard (225th, 42:46).

The next race is over a flat five mile course at the National Water Sports Centre at Homle Pierrepont on Wednesday 6th May.