OLIVER Starkey was delighted to hear that he was Gloucestershire’s top man in the 2014 London Marathon.
The 21-year-old Severn AC runner from Tuffley completed his second marathon in a time of 2hrs 42mins 48secs to shave 3mins 20secs off his time set last year when he won the prize as first junior Under-20 runner in the world famous race around the capital.
“It is nice to finish top runner in the county,” said Starkey (pictured).
“I was really pleased with my time and if you had offered me that before the start I would have gladly taken it. It proves that I am fitter and stronger than last year.”
But there was also a tinge of regret for Starkey in that his second London Marathon didn’t quite go as planned.
“At 16 miles my feet were really burning up because I had tied my laces too tight,” added Starkey.
“So I had to stop for at least a minute and loosen them. Once I had done that they felt better but I lost some time and it took me a while to get going again.
“The miles from 19-23 were tough but then the finish is almost in sight and everyone is hurting at that point.”
Starkey was strong enough to maintain his form to the line and the experience wasn’t so bad that within 48 hours he was already thinking about next year.
“Now that I have run under 2hrs 45mins I get an automatic entry into the championship for 2015 and I know I can improve again, said Starkey.
“I am sure there is a lot more to come.”
Quickest woman in the county was 33-
year-old Emily Tomlin of Cheltenham club Almost
Athletes, who ran a personal
best of 3:14.52 to shave over seven minutes off her previous four-year old mark.
London Marathon – leading Gloucestershire men: Oliver Starkey (Sev, U23) 2:42.48 (PB); Andy Gore (Chelt, M40) 2:42.58; Elliot Prince (Chelt) 2:43.20; David Rantell (Chelt, M45) 2:43.43 PB); Simon Campbell (Ciren) 2:46.47 (PB); Robert Gornall (Stroud, M45) 2:49.43; John Tierney (Stroud) 2:55.15 (PB); Mike Mansfield (Glos, M40) 3:00.15; Lee Rankin (Stroud, M40) 3:03.25; Daniel Brook (Stroud) 3:03.45 (PB).
Leading Gloucestershire women: Emily Tomlin (Almost Athletes) 3:14.52 (PB); Ingrid Harris (AA, W50) 3:38.15; Stephanie Holto (Bourton RR, W50) 3:41.20 (PB); Niamh Shoemark (BRR W45) 3:41.20; Abigail Harradine (Forest of Dean, W40) 3:49.25.