Yvonne Scarrott has been successful and popular name on the local running scene for many years, numbering the British Masters 10k title and Cambridgeshire Road League amongst her numerous awards.
The Nene Valley Harrier felt that she had never done herself justice over her favoured distance, the Marathon. However, she put this right on Sunday with an outstanding run at Manchester, where she smashed her previous PB with a 3:12.02 clocking, a time that was good enough to see her take second place in the Over 45 category and also leaves her second in the 2016 national rankings.
Despite being slowed in the last few miles by a persistent headwind the 49 year old was cock a hoop as she crossed the finish line, exclaiming “I knew I had it in me, and this result has made all my hard work over the years worthwhile”. The ecstatic veteran added “I plan to run the Athens Marathon in the autumn soon after my 50th birthday, and racing over the original marathon course will be a huge incentive to me.”
Scarrott was joined on the start line by a healthy contingent of runners from the Peterborough area, many of whom impressed on the fast and flat course.
Nene Valley Harrier 18 year old Jevan Robertson clocked 3:02.03 on his marathon debut. An impressive time which guarantees the March based youngster entry to The London Marathon for the next two years through the good for age system of qualification.
James Macdonald, also of Nene Valley was aiming to get under three hours for the first time, but just missed out finishing in 3:02.21.