TWO local runners could be lining up alongside Paula Radcliffe at next year’s London Marathon after starring at Sunday’s event.
Accrington Road Runner Sarah Ridehalgh celebrated a personal best and broke her club record by five minutes with three hours 13 minutes and four seconds in the 26.2 mile event around the capital.
And Clayton-le-Moors Harrier Tracy Mitchell raced to 3.14.16 - sprinting to break the 3:15 target they needed to be part of the 2009 elite.
"It all went really well," said Sarah, 32, who finished 64th lady overall.
"I started off for the first eight miles at seven minute 30 second mile pace and then I upped it and I felt really good. When I crossed the line I couldn’t believe I had done it."
Tracy, 36, was 85th lady overall and celebrated a personal best.
"I am still in shock," she admitted.
Sarah, who holds the ladies records at Accrington RR over 10k, 10 miles, half-marathon and now the marathon, made it a family affair with husband Anthony also running but she said he wasn’t keen to repeat the experience.
"He said it was his first marathon - and his last," said Sarah who raised around £1000 for East Lancs Hospice.
"I now hope to do next year’s. My coach Don Lennon is already getting the training plan out although I have told him to give me a break! It will be a fantastic experience lining up with the elite runners - but I will be nervous!"
Clayton’s Kitty Garnett, aged 70, celebrated her 21st London Marathon with a time of 4.42.08 - and was third lady over 70 to finish the race. 34,000 runners completed the popular event.
Results: Accrington RR: Simon Bailey 3.04.55; Sarah Ridehalgh 3.13.04; Graham Morris 3.26.03; Rob White 3.30.26; John Haworth 3.52.56; Simone der Weduwen 4.18.59; Anthony Ridehalgh 4.20.09; Tom Battrick 4.24.55; Carol Morris 4.31.58; Caroline Lee 4.34.47; Janet Holden 4.46.16; Caron Fenwick 4.46.16; Susan Hambley 8.12.31
Clayton: Paul Archer 2.48.09; Kevin Davies 2.58.47; Alex Cran 3.01.54; Martin Terry 3.03.43; Mick Green 3.05.46; Alan Clarkson 3.08.57; David Lord 3.09.50; Mike Eddleston 3.10.44; Dave Gregory 3.11.11; Tracy Mitchell 3.14.16; Gordon Barnett 3.15.00; Neil Worswick 3.17.13; Dave Bate 3.17.14; Jeff Pickup 3.17.47; Steve White 3.20.23; Paul Targett 3.22.12; Barry Brock 3.22.24; Dave Horrocks 3.23.48; Dany Robson 3.24.49; Avril Duckworth 3.31.15; Brian Wildman 3.33.42; Lindsay Hudson 3.48.49; Donna Riley 3.51.25; Keiron Woodward 4.14.37; Kitty Garnett 4.42.08