Exmouth Belle Susan Hill sets new club record with London Marathon run

PUBLISHED: 18:35 29 April 2015 | UPDATED: 18:35 29 April 2015

Many Exmouth running Belles swapped their trainers for laptops and smart phones this weekend as they tracked for Belles who were running the London Marathon, writes Claire Medlock.

One Belle even completed a complex spreadsheet tracking the runners. With thanks to technology and social media the running group members were able to track each Belle as they conquered the 26.2 mile iconic London route. There were cheers all round as Susan Hill broke the Belles club record time for a marathon by speeding over the line in a time of three hours and 36 minutes.

The celebrations were well deserved as Sue had recovered from a substantial injury picked up during the Berlin Marathon late last year. Sue’s dedication and effort had paid off. Sue said: “I am more than pleased with this. It was certainly an emotional roller-coaster at times and the crowd support was simply phenomenal”.

The second Belle across the line was Jane MacDonald who yet again shaved off a few minutes from her personal best time, crossing the line in three hours 39 minutes.

Sarah Walker kept a steady pace for the first half, but managed to find some inner strength to speed up for the second half and completed the run in four hours 15 minutes.

Sally Blower appreciated having her husband in London as he cheered her on at several points of the course. Sally was part of the charity runners group and managed to collect £3,000 for DEBRA (a national charity that supports individuals and families affected by the skin disease epidermolysis bullosa (EB). Sally finished the race with a fellow DEBRA runner in a time of 5:03. Sally said: “The event proved an overwhelming experience with incredibly supportive crowds. I was cheered all the way round and we made sure we finished in style by running across the line smiling.”

The Belles were also supporting and tracking Jane MacDonald (husband of Iain) who crossed the line in 5:06 and honorary Belle, Neil Hardman, who finished in 4:51.

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