London Marathon 2017
Congratulations to Team Tavs on yet another fantastic London Marathon completed on Sunday! Well done to the 32 runners who took part, raising funds to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.
This year, Team Tavs had the pleasure of including an international off-spinner, a backwards runner, a trustee, and a captain who had completed the equivalent of two and a half marathons in two weeks!
As the first in the group to finish, with a very respectable time of 03:34:43, former South Africa international cricketer Johan Botha was taking part in his third marathon; he completed the Adelaide Marathon in 2016. The Sydney Sixers star bowler was in good spirits after finishing, typically beaming with smiles as he told the Lord's Taverners:
“I finished in 03:34:43 today and I’m pretty happy with that. I think every Marathon you just have to take it as it comes. I could have run a little bit slower at the start, but you never know because cramps can still come so you have to run as you feel, and that’s what I did.”
The 123 times capped international was also delighted with the extra support all the runners in Team Tavs receive – which included a massage within minutes of them crossing the finish line
“I’ve not had a massage straight after a Marathon before so the service is right up there,” he explained.
Captaining the team this year after running for the Tavs in 2016, Nick Moore said: “The most positive thing for me today was seeing all the Tavs on the course, so it was fantastic to see everyone running in the Tavs vests! It’s been a charity that I’ve raised a lot of money for over the last few years and it’s close to my heart because of the sports links.”
Suzy Christopher, the Charity and Community Director for BT Group, and recently elected Lord’s Taverners trustee added: “I’ve trained really hard for this, and found it quite difficult, but the atmosphere was amazing, the crowds really helped!”
After crossing the finish line, each runner is welcomed back via a drinks reception, sports massage, and hot shower at a local gym, in addition to an after party held nearby for participants and their friends and family.
However, there are unlikely to be too many sports massages that help you recover from running the London Marathon facing backwards! Michael Ferndale heroically completed this feat in an unofficial time of 8:17:00.
He said: "I am a little stiff with some cuts and bruises but a general positive feeling of job done! What struck me was the kindness, well wishes and the kindness of strangers. London is a special city and Londoners are wonderfully supportive and community spirited people."
One last thank you goes to every runner who took part yesterday and an even bigger thank you to them for the funds that have been raised as a result. Please see below for a full list of official times.
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LEE ASHBY - 05:05:54
DAVID BAKER - 03:59:23
RICHARD BEDINGFIELD - 04:38:53
JOHAN BOTHA - 03:34:43
LIAM BYRNE - 4:58:55
JOE CARROLL - 03:56:28
SUZY CHRISTOPHER - 06:13:31
JENNI CLOSE - 05:08:28
JONATHAN CRISFORD - 06:02:29
ROBERT DITCHAM - 03:51:00
MICHAEL FERNDALE - 08:17*
STUART GILES - 04:12:13
LESLEY ANN GREENWOOD - 06:03:52
MARTIN HEATLIE - 04:51:33
TERRI JONES - 05:13:57
JACOB KEMP - 04:53:11
SOPHIE KILVERT - 5:02:52
AARON LARAMAN - 06:44:40
KATY LARAMAN - 06:44:41
AMY LAW - 06:18:59
KEVIN LEIGHTON - 05:20:25
KIRK MADDERN - 04:58:55
STEVE MITCHELL - 04:19:44
NICK MOORE - 04:49:56
DOUG PERRY - 05:00:34
NICOLA PITHERS - 04:56:22
SUZANNE RENWICK - 05:22:36
KEITH ROBERTS - 04:29:04
JOSH SCULLY - 04:22:04
JAMES THOMPSON - 03:57:29
BEN WILLIAMS - 03:49:18
CHRISTINE ZEMBRZUSKI - 06:27:07
*Unofficial time. Ran facing backwards.