23 year old Jockey Ross Birkett left his horse in the stable as he headed to the capital on Sunday morning to tackle The Virgin Money London Marathon. Ross – who was the lucky winner of the clubs only official entry – was not only racing in the streets of London for the first time, he was running the 26.2 mile course dressed in jockey silks, a Skull cap and carrying a riding whip in a bid to break the world record for the fastest runner dressed as a jockey. After galloping to the finish line he achieved his goal and set a World Record with an incredible time of 3 hours 08 minutes 30 seconds.
Three other members also completed the 26.2 mile course in style. Maxine Lane running her 11th marathon recorded a personal best with a creditable 3 hours 28 minutes 54 seconds, Lane’s training partner Clare Fleming put on a super performance to finish her 8th London Marathon in 3 hours 32 minutes 12 seconds despite having her training hampered with hamstring problems and new member Sam Raithatha who was injured for 2 months leading up to the marathon completed the course in 6 hours 26 minutes 05 seconds.
Meanwhile, back on local turf two members of the club took on the challenging Cambridge Duathlon staged at Bottisham. The 7.5K run, 40K cycle and further 7.5K run saw over 200 athletes line up for the ultra competitive event which was being used as a qualifying race for the European Duathlon Championships. It was Tracey Villano that led the way home for the club as she cruised around the course to finish Third female overall recording a stunning 2 hours 22 minutes 32 seconds. Team mate Sarah Wells put on a fine display as she shaved a massive 9 minutes 40 seconds off her time from last year. Wells who produced the fastest bike split of the day finished second in her age category with a fabulous 2 hours 30 minutes 09 seconds.