London Marathon - April 25

So the dust settles over the London Marathon. As ever, many stories, some great achievements and, this being about the coaching of people rather than robots, a couple of disappointments.

Standout performances include Martin Green, at 43 still pushing out that lengthy sequence of improving his PB in each consecutive marathon, improving again to 2.31.04, almost four minutes up on Berlin 2016.

Fastest woman in the coaching cohort was Jennifer E, again with a three minute PB of 2.54, her 5th in a row at the distance, and part of the trio who won the UK National Team Championship gold medal.

Also some very fine runs from Hussein (2.29), Richard P, 2.40, a 15 minute PB, and Jack P doing a strong negative split  training effort at 2.37 to spare himself for upcoming Track 5k/10ks.

Great PBs but painfully just a few seconds the ´wrong´side of the 3.00 barrier were Marc B, a 16 minute PB, and 58 year old Clive, a 3 minute PB. BBC1 newsreader-cum-runner Sophie R trimmed her PB again by a nifty 5 minutes, with 3.29, whilst Georgina G debuted with 3.08, the rawest 3.08 woman´s marathon I have coached in 15 years.   Several others secured championship and Good For Age times. Amongst the debutants, it was very pleasing to see 53 year old Tomoko, who was pitching for a 4.15 run when we linked up last autumn, sail through in 3.54, exceeding her own hopes by some way.