We did it! What a day in London. Sweating at the start line, I was so thankful to have @laurellydale🥕 by my side to calm my nerves. Having the BEST cheer squad pushed me to a 2:47 PB in London’s hottest marathon on record. Now it’s time to take our sunburns to Greece! #heatwave #londonmarathon #sohappytostoprunning #spiritoflondon #partytime #girlstrip #baklavaeveryday #winetime #vacation
Canadian Sarah Elliott was the first Canadian to finish the London marathon yesterday, with a time of 2:47:52, setting herself a new PB in the process. Elliott was fourth in the 18-39 age group in the hottest race in London’s history, with temperatures well over 20 C. Her training partner Laurelly Dale was second, in 3:19:24, and Yvonne Mery third in 3:29:54.
In the men’s race, Philippe Belanger was the first Canadian to finish, in 3:06:03, a strong showing for the 50-55 age category. Andrew Maurer was second (3:11:37) and Simon Vaillancourt third in 3:28:21.
If there were an award for “most improved” in distance running, Elliott, who lives and trains in Guelph, Ont., would be a great candidate, having trimmed an astonishing 45 minutes off her marathon time in the last eight years and achieving PB’s in the 10K, half marathon, 30K and full marathon in 2017 alone. (She first went sub-3 at the Berlin Marathon last year, shaving almost 10 minutes off her previous marathon PB.)
The women’s marathon was won by Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot in 2:18:31, after favourites Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba dropped back, unable to sustain the world-record-chasing pace established early in the race. Keitany struggled to finish fifth, while Dibaba dropped out around the 30K mark.
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On the men’s side, Eliud Kipchoge prevailed in 2:04:15, setting and holding a breakneck pace from the beginning, trailed by Shura Kitata in second and Britain’s Mo Farah in third (2:06:21) , smashing Steve Jones’ previous British record of 2:07:13, set in Chicago in 1985.
Only 152 Canadians were entered in the London marathon this year.