Personal best heaven for St Albans Striders at Abingdon Marathon

PUBLISHED: 17:30 25 October 2018

St Albans Striders' Gareth Beavis, Seb Rowe and Mike Lancaster at the Abingdon Marathon.

St Albans Striders' Gareth Beavis, Seb Rowe and Mike Lancaster at the Abingdon Marathon.

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With the autumn marathon season in full swing, six St Albans Striders journeyed all the way to Abingdon to take part in the PB-friendly 26.2-mile course.

St Albans Striders' Steve Kennedy ran his first marathon at Abingdon.St Albans Striders' Steve Kennedy ran his first marathon at Abingdon.

It saw 747 cross the finishing line and among them was Mike Lancaster who set a personal best of two hours 53 minutes 53 seconds, enough for 52nd place.

His was the only PB to come for the Striders contingent as Gareth Beavis clocked 3:08:24 and the steadily-improving Peter Clarke came in at 3:19:14.

Steve Kennedy completed his first ever marathon in a credible 4:15:12 while the other times were Seb Rowe (3:02:49) and the club’s only female finisher, Jenni Johnston (4:11:02).

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