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Cambridge & Coleridge Athletic Club crowned England Marathon champions after impressive London Marathon performance

Cambridge & Coleridge Athletic Club have been confirmed as England Marathon champions for 2024.

Organisers of the London Marathon – which was ran on 21 April – have spent the past few weeks scouring provisional outcomes, finish line video tapes and the starting lists before releasing the confirmed results.

And they revealed that Cambridge & Coleridge were the leading group in the country.

Will Mycroft was the club’s second fastest runner at the London Marathon Picture: Paul Bannister
Will Mycroft was the club’s second fastest runner at the London Marathon Picture: Paul Bannister

Dom Jones (2:19.10), Will Mycroft (2:21.48) and Chris Darling (2:22.49) were the club’s top three performers on the day, closely followed by Norman Shreeve (2:24.29) and Ben Leaman (2:25.37).

Club chairman Peter Thompson said: “What an achievement and honour this is for the club.

“The competition for the national title could not be greater, every club sends top runners to the London Marathon.

“Congratulations to everyone involved in this amazing success.

“Winning this title is a real moment of pride, but never complacency. They say that titles are harder to defend, than win in the first place, so let’s keep working.”

Shreeve currently holds the club’s marathon record with a time of 2:16.55 that he recorded in 2021.

Meanwhile, Sarah McGrath won a gold medal for Cambridge & Coleridge Athletic Club at the British Masters Championships in late May.

The Horspath Athletics and Sports Ground in Oxford was the scene of the success for McGrath, who took the main prize for the club in the British Masters Throws Pentathlon event.

McGrath threw longer distances than the rest of the field in four of the five disciplines to come out on top by a comfortable margin.

In the hammer throw she recorded a distance of 35.44m, followed by shot (10.12m), discus (23.57m), javelin (18.72m) and weight (11.06m).

Those distances saw McGrath record an overall score of 2,629 points, with her nearest competitor in second place – Tonbridge Athletic Club’s Nina Ridge – racking up a total of 2,476 points.

Meanwhile, club chairman Peter Thompson came away with a bronze medal from the same event after he finished third in the 10,000m.

Thompson was placed fourth going into the final lap of the race but he managed to get himself on to the podium with a finishing time of 43:51.79, which was a shade more than a second short of runner-up Jeremy Musselwhite from Yate & District Athletic Club, who clocked 43:50.54.

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