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Gooding and Loosemore lead North Devon athletes in London Marathon

By NDJMark  |  Posted: April 14, 2014

Ian Gooding finished in 2hrs 35mins

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Ian Gooding and Georgina Loosemore were the leading athletes from North Devon clubs in yesterday's Virgin Money London Marathon.

Gooding, representing Bideford AAC, finished in 2hrs 35mins 48secs to claim 120th overall and 11th in the M40 category.

And Loosemore, of North Devon Road Runners, was the top woman from the area, finishing in 3-08-05 – 35 minutes faster than her time five years ago.

Thousands of runners enjoyed warm and dry racing conditions in the capital as Wilson Kipsang, from Kenya, set a course record of 2-04-27 while Britain's Mo Farah was eighth on his debut in 2-08-21.
Edna Kiplagat, from Kenya, won the women's race in 2-20-21. 

Gooding's result backed up his performance at the Frankfurt Marathon in October when he finished in a personal best of 2-33-47.

He finished just ahead of Bideford club-mate Ronnie Richmond who set a personal best of 2-37-52, claiming 160th.

Bideford had a third man break the three-hour barrier with Gary Suggate taking 713th in a personal best of 2-52-22. 

Chris Murrin knocked 20 minutes off his previous best time, finishing  in 3-19-03 for South Molton Strugglers. 

And Jasmine Finney, of Bude Rats, made an excellent  debut in London. The 21-year-old crossed the line in 3-12-06 to finish inside the top 200 in the open women's category.

Bideford AAC:  Ian Gooding 2-35-48, Ronnie Richmond 2-37-52, Gary Suggate 2-52-22, Brent Colvin 3-24-00, Sarah Colvin 4-08-23, Andrew Wilson 4-25-09. 

Bude Rats:  Jasmine Finney 3-12-06,

North Devon AC:  Steve Choules 3-27-45.

North Devon Road Runners: Georgina Loosemore 3-08-05, Phillip Thorne 3-16-21,  Sarah Francis 3-39-01, Andrew Mansfield 3-42-01, Lisa Binmore 3-51-45, Godfrey Osbourne 3-58-05, Angela Walter 3-59-24.

South Molton Strugglers: Chris Murrin 3-19-03, Tracey Hulland 3-45-46, Elaine Fields 3-49-50, Tina McCracken 4-04-55, Kate Kilburn 4-32-56, Richard Uffendell 5-25-44, Sarah Rogers 5-29-50, Jon Hibberd 5-37-14.

Torrington AAC:  Melanie Cox 6-36-11.

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