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Three Counties Running Club members travelled to the 2021 Manchester Marathon at the weekend

Three Counties Running Club members followed up their big efforts at the London Marathon by taking on last week's Manchester event.

The Manchester event is the fourth-largest in Europe, and the second biggest in the UK.

Tens of thousands of runners gathered on a warm and sunny day to race through the city streets - it is a flat course with some tricky inclines in the second half.

TCRC runners at the London Marathon 2021 (52123527)
TCRC runners at the London Marathon 2021 (52123527)

With supporters lining the streets to cheer them on, TCRC runners impressed.

Lee Johnson had embarked on a long training season after last year's marathon was cancelled due to the pandemic.

He has been running well recently and started excellently in Manchester, but unfortunately picked up an injury during the race.

He still managed to finish valiantly, but was disappointed at his bad luck.

Zoe Gourley was running her first ever marathon, and entered the race having trained religiously and stuck to a well-structured plan.

The hard work paid off as she finished with a brilliant time of 4:20:49.

Rod Sinnott also had an excellent day, crossing the line in a time of 3:21:07.

Parkruns also continued to be popular for TCRC runners at the weekend.

A number of runners took part at the King's Lynn event, with Dawn Ball quickest in a time of 23:11 - which made her the second-fastest in her age category.

Colin Apps (26:01) was second for TCRC, while Victoria May achieved a personal best time of 26:08.

Mark Mattless (26:50) and Donna Johnson (28:25) beat the 30-minute mark, while Anne-Marie Mattless (30:15) and Joely Apps (31:34) also impressed.

At the March event, Jennie Ambrose was in fine form and finished in 31:40.

Laura Vincent ran in 32:46 at Littleport, while Jacqueline McGonigle enjoyed a 39:11 run at Garvagh Forest.

Junior parkrun success continued to beckon for TCRC youngsters.

Isaac West continued his fine vein of form as he crossed the line in 9:52, while Callum Bates finished in 14:24.

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