Marathon: GFDR group impress at London

PUBLISHED: 14:13 26 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:13 26 April 2018

Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners Paul McKenna, Gavin Foster, Hayley Smith, Gillian Robertson and Jason Bepey preparing to start at the London Marathon

Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners Paul McKenna, Gavin Foster, Hayley Smith, Gillian Robertson and Jason Bepey preparing to start at the London Marathon

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Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners defied conditions at the hottest-ever London Marathon to post some impressive times.

Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners Matt Bainbridge at the London MarathonGrange Farm & Dunmow Runners Matt Bainbridge at the London Marathon

A group of eight travelled down to the capital and James Bosher broke the three-hour barrier to come home in 2:56.06.

Matt Bainbridge clocked 3:05.05 ahead of Paul McKenna 3:15.52, as Octavia Singleton (3:47.58) and Jason Bepey (3:55.49) beat the four-hour mark.

Gillian Robertson (4:01.14), Hayley Smith (4:18.11) and Gavin Foster (5:43.07) completed the GFDR line-up.

*Black Bull retained the Ridley League Cup with another remorseless team show to make it twice unlucky for Dog & Partridge.

The Dog took the second series of games to leave the match poised at 3-3, but a final-round whitewash meant they finished as runners-up in both this and the darts competitions.

May McGowan and Sue Steele won three out of three for Bull, while Compasses ended their season in style, clinching the darts title and rising to third overall with a 14-1 win at Red Beret.

Final table: CCFC 14-135, Lt Waltham 14-126, Compasses 14-120, Chequers 14-116, Dog & Partridge 14-113, Black Bull 14-106, Red Beret 14-78, City Birds 14-46.

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