The men’s race
Sweet win for Martin
Eamonn Martin, the Ford worker from Basildon, provided England with its first winner since 1984 in a race which welcomed NutraSweet as its latest sponsor. In his debut at the distance, the Commonwealth 10,000m champion ran a beautifully judged race to out-sprint Mexican Isidro Rico on Westminster Bridge. He crossed the line in 2:10:50. Earlier in the week, Martin had become the proud father of Eamonn junior.
The women’s race
Perfection for Dorre
It was the women’s race that attracted all the publicity, with Scotland’s Liz McColgan matched against Lisa Ondieki of Australia and Katrin Dorre, the reigning champion from Germany. Despite all the pre-race hype, and a war of words between McColgan and Ondieki, it was Dorre who stole the show when she judged her run to perfection to win in 2:27:09. Ondieki, lost for a finishing kick, was runner-up in 2:27:27, while McColgan was well beaten in 3rd in 2:29:37 – the first defeat of her marathon career.
The wheelchair race
Course records fall again
Georges Vandammo of Belgium shattered the course record by 7 minutes 32 seconds to win the men’s wheelchair marathon. Vandammo dictated the pace from the start as his rivals, David Holding, Ivan Newman, Hakan Ericsson and Ian Thompson, struggled to stay in touch. Only Newman held on to half way, but even he couldn’t stay with the Belgian who raced alone for the last 10 miles. Newman was 2nd and Holding 3rd.
Rose Hill beat the two fancied racers – Lily Anggreny of Germany and reigning champion Tanni Grey – to win the women’s race in a course record of 2:03:05.