ISLANDERS PAST AND PRESENT COMPLETE LONDON MARATHON

The Isles of Scilly was well represented at the 36th London Marathon on Sunday with at least five islanders and ex-islanders taking part.

Mother and daughter team Helen and Hannah Pearce were joined by former Scilly police officer Nikki Lawry, chef Mark Ellender and Duncan Moore. 

 

Pharmacist Helen finished in 3 hours, 59 minutes and 46 seconds, with Hannah close behind at 4 hours, 3 minutes and 55 seconds. 

 

Nikki made it around the course in 4:22:50, while Mark - a chef who currently works in Mincarlo on St Mary's - managed 6:37:09. Duncan finished in a time of 06:41:48.

 

Helen wrote on Facebook after the race: "We both had a fantastic day - amazing support from both the crowd & Facebook friends & family - thank you all so much."

 

Duncan, who raised almost £2,000 for charity, thanked his supporters but added: "I would also like to announce that I be will retiring from marathon running. In the mean time I'm lying in bed very, very still, waiting until tomorrow when I can cancel my gym membership."

 

Duncan is 25 and he was running for a charity in Cornwall that cares for adults with learning difficulties that he worked for until recently

 

An estimated 39,698 runners lined up for the 26.2-mile course. 

 

The race was started by astronaut Tim Peake, who took part on a treadmill aboard the International Space Station. He broke the record for the fastest marathon in orbit at 3:35:21.

 

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