Age proved no hindrance to the PR showing at this year’s Flora
London Marathon. As PR Week went to press, the fastest known time for
the 26-mile struggle was from 52-year-old Richard Pollen, founder of
Uncannily, Pollen came in one second faster than his time last year, at
3 hrs 27 mins. He says he would have been faster, but there were more
people running this year.
Shortly after Pollen came Liz Johnson, a 34-year-old account director at
Golley Slater Brooker, with a time of 3 hrs 48 mins. Shire Hall account
director David Keown, 27, recorded a respectable 3 hrs 55 mins.
Runners from Manning Selvage and Lee followed, with Claire Spencer and
James Threapleton coming in together at 4 hrs 15 mins, and Will Spiers
trailing at five hours exactly.
The Red Consultancy account manager Caroline Abbott, 27, finished the
race in 4 hrs 50 mins, despite having to hitch a lift to the start
because her local tube station, Clapham South, was closed.
The Rowland Company account director Kevin Craig came in at 4 hrs 59
mins, bumping into a client, a fellow runner, at the finishing line.
That client was Railtrack communications executive Andy Preston, who
came in seconds after Craig.
Shire Hall’s Keown echoed others who said it was an amazing feeling, but
swore never to do it again.
’I’ve got the T-shirt and I’ve done it, but I will not do it again. I
have had to sacrifice quite a lot,’ he said.