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Marathon Success

Congratulations to Matthew Stonier and Alexandra Millard who were selected to represent the South East region (Kent, Surrey,Sussex,Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire) in last week’s London Mini Marathon. Qualification is based on performances in the cross country season and two of our other athletes, Cameron McCrae and Teigan O’Sullivan were also picked as reserves. This event is a 3 mile road race along the last three miles of the Marathon course, winding it’s way from Old Billingsgate, along Embankment, past Big Ben and finishing on the Mall. Teams of 6 from each English region, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, plus teams from each London Borough are entered. There is also a wheelchair race and a race for those who are ambulant but with other disabilities. It is an amazing and inspirational sight to see the stream of athletes making their way along the Embankment.


It was a hot, hot day and even at 9am, the heat was building. Matthew was first to run in the U17 boys’ race. A fast pace was set from the beginning and Matt joined the leading group. At the 2 mile point he was still up with the leaders and looked determined. The last mile was a test and it was difficult to maintain the quick pace. Matt finished an excellent 33rd out of 214 runners. Having finished 3rd recently in the SIAB Home Counties cross country event, running for the England Intermediate Boys’ team, he has had an incredible winter season. Alex was tested with a very fast pace amongst some very strong runners from Scotland and Wales. She was extremely excited to be running on hard ground after a very cold and muddy cross country season! Alex found herself in 7th place after 2 miles, chasing the taller figures of the Scots in front. She maintained her 7th position to the finish and was delighted to be the first South East athlete to finish. 192 athletes competed in this race.

Alex wins a place on a middle distance course at St Mary’s, London, over the Summer, along with the other top 10 finishers.


Three Invicta athletes were also involved in the main Marathon this year. Any hope of target times were dashed by the weather but some brilliant performances nonetheless. Leigh Millard, aiming for sub 3 hours, was delighted to make it to the finish in 3.04. A 5 minute PB and a fabulous time in the soaring temperatures. Congratulations!


Michael Gallyer-Barnett was running for Meningitis Research and in memory of the much missed Alex Holliday. Again Michael battled through the heat to finish in 4.07, a fantastic achievement. He has raised over £3000 so far.



Margaret Connelly, our lovely Vet 60 club-mate and England age group representative at Chester marathon, set off at the most fabulous pace in her usual positive manner. She was very sensible to call it quits at half way this time, not feeling quite right.


The marathon is a brutal event and anything can happen regardless of training perfection. We have huge respect for anyone who takes on the challenge.


Congratulations also to Joe Scott who completed his first marathon in Brighton in an outstanding time of 3.14.