Athletics: Joseph Kwallah breaks Wetherby Runners’ London Marathon record

Wetherby Runners Rob Gray tracked by teammate Guy Whatmore

Wetherby Runners Rob Gray tracked by teammate Guy Whatmore

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Wetherby Runners turned out in force at the London Marathon last month, with nine runners taking their place on the start line alongside 36,000 others.

Joseph Kwallah was first home for the club in 568th in two hours 49 minutes and 51 seconds, a record for his age category and also the best ever time for anyone at the club.

Paul Windle wasn’t far behind Kwallah in 2:58:51, followed by Chris Plews in 3:10:37 and Ann Dale in 3:33:40.

Gaining PBs for the marathon distance were Richard Bell (3:34:54), David Carberry (3:42:40), Emma Coster (3:43:06) and Chris Smedley-Nugent (5:11;37).

Jacky Darley, who ran despite picking up a foot injury the week before the race and spent an hour in the medical tent, managed to finish in 6:00:59.

Meanwhile, this week the Fountains 10k near Grantley provided the setting for Wetherby’s athletes to shine.

Wetherby racer Guy Whatmore finished in sixth, nine seconds ahead of Robert Gray in 38 minutes 47 seconds.

David Fennah was 37th in new best of 44:26.

This secured second in the men’s team competition for Wetherby and gave Fennah a first occasion to step up for a race award.

Julie Bucknell ran home in 45:20 in 40th place overall and Peter Galley was 200th in one hour 37 seconds.