1988 race report
The men’s race
Jorgensen at last
Britons battling for a place in Britain’s Olympic team were upstaged first by Henrik Jorgensen of Denmark, who beat them all, and then by Belayneh Densimo from Ethiopia who ran a world best 2:06:50 to win in Rotterdam on the same day.
In a fascinating race, Jorgensen burst from the pack at the Tower of London to win at last in London. Kevin Forster made up for his disappointment at missing out on Olympic selection four years earlier by coming second in the race to secure his place in the team for Seoul. Hugh Jones was fourth while Charlie Spedding, who badly misjudged the race, was 10th.
The women’s race
Kristiansen at a canter
Ingrid Kristiansen notched up a fourth triumph in the women’s race, recording 2:25:41 with Britain’s best, Ann Ford, almost five minutes behind in second. Susan Tooby, on her marathon debut, was fourth behind Sweden’s super-veteran Evy Palm.
The wheelchair race
Records roll again
Course records rolled again as Ted Vince held off Mike Bishop and Chris Hallam to win the men’s race, and Karen Davidson retained her women’s title with a British record.
Vince, from Canada, sprinted clear of Bishop on Westminster Bridge to win in 2:01:02. Bishop was just five seconds behind with Hallam third, all three inside the old course record.
Davidson was steady throughout and won unthreatened in 2:41:45. She was well ahead of Josie Cichokyj and 19th home overall.