||VIRGIN MONEY GIVING LONDON MARATHON
ADIDAS WOMEN'S LONDON MARATHON
An event for thousands of people who run a 26.2-mile course
for self-satisfaction and charity.
This year marks the 31st event. Almost half a million
people have run this 26.2-mile course. This is a renowned
event all over the globe.
Biggest marathon held in London with a limit of 7,000 runners.
Thirteen thousand applicant's were denied entry. American Dick
Beardsley and Inge Simonsen finished holding hands in 2:11:48.
Joyce Smith won the women's race, beating the British record
2:30, while coming in at 2:29:57.
Londoner, Hugh Jones held the lead throughout the entire race
to finish with a personal best by 77 seconds. This led to his
ninth place ranking in the world all-time list. 2:09:24 remained
his personal best. Joyce Smith lowered her personal best to
2:29:43. She held a winning margin by six minutes. London was
now the biggest marathon in the world, over the New York City
Marathon with its 15,758 finishers.
Mike Gratton withstood the pressure of Gerry Helme to win the
marathon in 2:09:43. Grete Waitz won easily in 2:25:29, this
world best lasted less than 24 hours.
Olympic year - Charlie Spedding was able to pull past two Tanzanians
to develop a huge lead. Passing two miles, Spedding caught Ingrid
Kristiansen after a ten-minute lead on the men. Spedding took
the bronze that year. Kristiansen's winning in 2:24:26, a European
Steve Jones had won the 1984 (post-Olympic) Chicago event in
a world best, 2:08:05. He competed against bronze medalist,
Charlie Spedding. By the 20 mile mark the pack had dwindled
to Jones and Spedding. Jones won the race in 2:08:16 and remained
the course record until 1997. Spedding was second and remains
the present English record at 2:08:33. Ingrid Kristiansen proved
to have benefited from running with men. She finished the race
in a quick 2:21:06, which held the record till 1998.
Toshihko Seko finished in 2:10:02. Grete Waitz finished in 2:24:54,
a lifetime best - winning by six minutes.
Hiromi Taniguchi broke clear of the pack and won in 2:09:50.
Ingrid Kristiansen followed with her third London title in 2:22:48.
Henrik Jorgensen, Denmark runner beat out all the Britons for
an Olympic team spot. Belayneh Densimo from Ethiopia ran the
world best that day also in 2:06:50. Ingrid Kristiansen seized
her fourth triumph in the woman's race in 2:25:41.
Kenyan, Douglas Wakiihuri took the title in the Seoul Olympics.
Britain woman runner, Veronique Marot, set a UK record 2:2:56,
to set the biggest win her career.
Scotland's Allister Hutton won in 2:10:10, his first marathon
victory. Olympic champion Rosa Mota made a brief appearance
running half the marathon for charity. Poland's Wanda Panfil, 2nd in 1989, won the race
with a personal best in 2:26:31.
London hosted IAAF/ADT World Marathon Cup, Soviet Yakov Tolstikov
won in 2:09:17, a personal best. Team title went to Great Britain.
Rosa Mota, reigning Olympic and world champion, won in 2:26:14.
Soviet Union won the women's team title
Antonio Pinto, Portugal's former racing cyclist, won in 2:10:02.
Poland's Jan Huruk made a burst and finished second. Rosa Mota
dropped out of the race with stomach problems. Germany's Katrin
Dorre took the win in 2:29:39.
Germany's reigning champion, Katrin Dorre took the race in 2:27:09.
Eamonn Martin, from Basildon, was England's first winner since
1984, finishing in 2:10:50, while earlier
that day he became a father.
Dionicio Ceron of Mexico won in 2:08: 53. Katrin Dorre
won for her third successive year in 2:32:34, but this became
the slowest winning time in the history
Dionicio Ceron maintained his title, winning in 2:08:30, after
passing Antonio Pinto of Portugal after being behind by a minute
with five miles to go.> Ceron finished with London's second
fastest time ever. Malgorzata Sobansa of Poland was unable to
seize the title.
This year staged the hottest London Marathon ever, the first
thirteen miles was close to world record
pace. Dionicio Ceron caught and passed the 19 year old
Kenyan, Jackson Kabiba, to finish with
Mexico's third win.
This race was close as Joyce Chepchumba (Kenya) and Lidia Simon
(Romania) were running side-by-side,
they passed Krolik. McColgan nearly pulled up to Chepchumba,
but Chepchumba finished one second ahead. Antonio Pinto
came from behind to surpass the 12 year record of Steve Jones
and snatched the victory from Italy's
Ireland's Catherina McKiernan and Abel Anton time their runs
to perfection. McKiernan snatched the victory in 2:26:26.
Anton won the title in 2:07:57, two seconds behind Pinto's record
Abdelkader El Mouaziz won in 2:07:57. Joyce Chepchumba
rewarded for course recorded and beating the world's best recognised
by the Flora London Marathon.
Antonio Pinto demolished his own course record and Carlos Lopes'
European record to win in 2:06:36.
Tegla Loroupe won by a margin of 13 seconds in 2:24:33.