Sunday 24th April saw young runners ages 11-17 from the City of London take part in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon which is also the official British Athletics 5km road championships. The day saw over 1000 young athletes come together to run the final 5k of the main London Marathon route, stretching from London's Old Billings gate to The Mall.
This year was a fantastic year for City and the increasing standards made it very competitive to get a place in the squad. Every single runner did us proud in representing the City of London at this high profile event and as always the City of London team had support out in force from athlete's families, friends, teachers and peers armed with banners which I know the team are very grateful for. Adding to the high spirits of the morning, a number of athletes also recorded their personal best times for this distance.
Special mention must go to Annie Thomas from The City of London School for Girls, who came in at 3rd place and picked up a bronze medal in the Female under 13 race. This is an outstanding achievement and the City team are extremely proud of her success!
In addition to this, Mayaan Radus also gained a top 10 position in the same race which gave the under 13 team a huge score and overall as a team they finished 2nd place out of 33 boroughs. This is the best result a City of London team has achieved and we would like to congratulate and thank you all for your hard work and dedication to the sport. Under 13 team: Annie Thomas, Mayaan Radus,Michelle Takahashi, Iona Agius, Lily Pearson and Kiara Valkenburg.
Congratulations also go to Theo Cheshire from City of London Freemen´s School, who ran in an age group above his level and still managed to come in the top 80 runners with a fantastic time, well done!
And finally Lia Radus,who ran a great race in the competitive Under 15 category and came in at 11th place overall, scoring some great points for the City of London.
In the overall borough challenge results, EVERY SINGLE City team showed improvement on last year´s results against the other 32 boroughs, with our Under 13 girls team finishing 18 places higher than last year in 2nd place, and our Under 17 boys finishing 5 places higher than last year.
This is an excellent achievement for the City of London and demonstrates the hard work and development that is taking place amongst our young athletes.
Our top finishers in each age group were as follows:
U13m- Adam Tomkinson
U15m- Sam Tomkinson
U17m- Daniel Kirby
U13f- Annie Thomas
U15f- Lia Radus
U17f- Ellie Wilkins
City of London´s Mini Marathon Manager, Gemma Carrick said of the event.
"It is fantastic to see the progress that our small borough has made in the last 2 years. The determination and hard work of our staff and athletes is really paying off and the whole morning was brilliant. Also a big congratulations goes to all those who completed their first Mini Marathon."
She has passed thanks on to all athletes who took part along with the Sports Development team in the City, Fusion Lifestyle and all our volunteers who managed teams throughout the morning.
Congratulations once again to all athletes, you all did fantastic and should be very proud to be selected to represent your borough!