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Athletics: Capital gains for Ilford AC captain Billy Green in London Landmarks Half Marathon

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 March 2018

Ilford AC captain Billy Green at the London Landmarks Half Marathon (pic: Ilford AC)

Ilford AC captain Billy Green at the London Landmarks Half Marathon (pic: Ilford AC)

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Ilford AC captain Billy Green at the London Landmarks Half Marathon (pic: Ilford AC)Ilford AC captain Billy Green at the London Landmarks Half Marathon (pic: Ilford AC)

Ilford AC club captain Billy Green combined his love of the capital and running to take part in the inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon.

Runners started at Pall Mall, before heading past Nelson’s Column, the Royal Courts of Justice and the London Eye.

Entrants continued past St Mary-Le-Bow Church, with the famous Bow Bells chiming, before zig-zagging around St Paul’s Cathedral, the Bank of England and The Monument, before hitting the most easterly part of the route outside the Tower of London.

The final three miles took runners along the River Thames, before passing Big Ben and finishing by Downing Street.

Ilford AC captain Billy Green at the London Landmarks Half Marathon (pic: Ilford AC)Ilford AC captain Billy Green at the London Landmarks Half Marathon (pic: Ilford AC)

Green was very pleased with his run and achieved a new personal best, breaking his previous mark by a minute to finish in one hour, 50 minutes and 15 seconds.

Green was 1,645th of 9,683 runners who completed the course at the inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon.

Club colleague Steve Parker, meanwhile, took part in the Colchester Half Marathon last Sunday.

The race began at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, the home of football club Colchester United.

Runners were treated to a short flying display by the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance prior to the mass start as a thank-you for the money raised for one of the race charities.

The first half of the race was undulating and challenging, while the second part was flatter, and Parker was happy that he saved something for the finish.

Parker came home in 1:40.10 to finish in 381st overall and as the sixth-fastest M60 on the day.

Ilford super vet John Batchelor travelled to Madrid for the European Indoor Championships last week, competing in the both the 3000m and 800m.

In the longer of the two events, Batchelor set the early pace, before dropping back to finish fifth in 13.42, a minute slower than he had hoped.

In the 800m, Batchelor led heading into the final 100m, but tied up in the home straight before eventually finishing third in a time of 3.06.


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