For the women, Lucy Wilson's improvement - she finished 13th of 67 - since training for her recent half-marathon caught the eye.
Lauren Stewart produced an extremely good debut marathon in Amsterdam on 18th October, with a chip time of 2:51.00 which ranks her 17th in the UK in 2009. She ran very even 5K splits of: 20.04; 20.04; 19.58; 19.57; 19.45; 20.20; 20.32; 20.49.
Update: Lauren has kindly told the website editors what was behind her very useful time and, as interestingly, her successful, even pacing.
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