The men’s race
Ceron defies the winds
Dionicio Ceron of Mexico produced what many people considered to be the finest run in the history of the London Marathon when he defied high winds – which had forced him to scrap an attempt on the world record – to win in 2:08:53. In kinder conditions, it was estimated, the time would have been at least a minute quicker.
Ceron clinched his victory with a stunning 14:41 split between 35 and 40 kilometres. Abebe Mekonnen of Ethiopia finished 2nd as the first five runners broke 2:10. Eamonn Martin, the defending champion, was the top Briton in 8th place with 2:11:05.
The women’s race
The women did not deal so well with the conditions. Katrin Dorre won for the 3rd successive year but her 2:32:34 was the slowest winning time in London’s history. Lisa Ondieki finished 2nd again.
The men’s wheelchair race
Holding holds his nerve
David Holding regained his title becoming only the second man to win two London Wheelchair Marathons after battling with Ivan Newman in The Mall.
Hakan Ericsson, the 1990 winner, took the lead at the start with Holding following in his slipstream. Shortly after half way Holding dropped Ericsson only to find Newman covering his break. Newman entered The Mall with a few metres lead and looked a likely winner.
But Holding had other ideas and the Kettering accountant pulled clear in the last 10 metres to win by 2 seconds in 1:46:06. Holding joined Chris Hallam as a double winner, while the 41 year old Newman had to be satisfied with his second runner-up spot in 2 years.
The women’s wheelchair race
Grey out-sprints Hill
Tanni Grey won her 2nd title but the Welshwoman’s triumph did not come without a fight as reigning champion Rose Hill battled all the way to the line.
The two entered The Mall together but with 200 metres to go Grey, a 4 times Paralympic champion, showed her track speed to win by 4 seconds in 2:08:26.