1986 race report
The men’s race
Seko battles the wind
The weather turned against the marathon when strong winds blew away Toshihiko Seko and Grete Waitz’s hopes of running world best times.
Seko was only ever headed by one man and that was pacemaker Steve Anders. But by the time they turned off Tower Bridge into the East End, Seko was away and gone. His pace was relentless – 63:30 at half way – until the 18th mile when he turned into the wind. Then the strain showed and he eventually crossed Westminster Bridge in 2:10:02. Hugh Jones was a minute behind – the ninth occasion he had run inside 2:12:00 – while Allister Hutton was almost a further minute behind him in third.
The women’s race
Waitz blows to personal best
Despite the strong winds, Waitz recorded 2:24:54 – a lifetime best – winning by six minutes from Mary O’Connor of New Zealand.
The wheelchair race
A Dublin double
Gerry O’Rourke made amends for his narrow defeat in 1985 by dominating the men’s wheelchair race, his fluent, economical style proving too much for Mike Bishop and Chris Hallam who were second and third. The disappointed Hallam was fighting a virus and he suffered a mechanical problem early in the race.
Fellow Dubliner Kay MacShane completed a hat-trick by winning the women’s race for the third year, this time defeating Karen Davidson, a world record holder for 100m, 400m, 1500m and shot put. 43 athletes started the race.