Newark Athletic Club star Becky Gallop was overjoyed with her performance at the London Marathon after finishing the 13th fastest woman club runner.
The 32-year-old, of Newark, who narrowly missed out on a personal best, kept her cool in the hottest conditions ever at the event to be the ninth-fastest English woman.
Taking part in her fifth London Marathon, she beat her fastest time at the event, set last year, by crossing the line in 2hrs 55mins 43secs for 715th place overall.
“I was pleased,” she said. “I did not run the time I was hoping for, but I could not believe I managed to get that position (13th fastest woman club runner).
“It was really tough. Usually it is hard, but the weather made it much more difficult.
“For the past few months we have been training in cold weather, so to have a 20-degrees switch made a massive difference.
“However, it was very well organised and there was lots of extra water and showers, and an opportunity to pour water on yourself, which made it a bit more bearable.”
Gallop has been training with England marathon development squad members, helping her improve in longer races.
Gallop knew halfway through the race that she would not achieve her target of 2-50, so she decided to enjoy the rest of her run.
“I went of at a normalish pace, but I saw my watch and knew it was going to be a bit slower than what I planned so I tried not to worry about it,” she said.
“I had to battle through and tell myself to keep going to the end.
“A lot of people had to stop worrying about their pace and just crack on with it.
“I could not believe I was the 13th woman in the main race.
“When I found out the news it was amazing.”
Runners from Newark Athletic Club, Newark Striders, Notfast Running Club and Southwell Running Club all featured in the marathon.
Runners beat the heat at capital race
Runners tackled record high temperatures at the London Marathon.
Members of Newark Athletic Club, Notfast, Newark Striders and Southwell Running Club all took part in the iconic race as the thermometer reached 24 degrees.
Three Newark Athletic Club members were involved, Becky Gallop setting the pace in 2hrs 55mins 43secs.
Team-mates Craig Renton and Lee Braithwaite crossed the line in 3-19-48 and 3-43-40 respectively.
The leading Newark Striders runner was Simon Palmer in 3-38-55, followed by Nick Beveridge in 4-26-09.
Graham Welsh and Tonya O’Leary completed their first marathons in 5-20-55 and 5-25-38 respectively.
Others Striders members at the event were Ann-Marie Davison (5-40-07) Marie Davison (5-40-07) Lesley Butlin (5-42-10) and Lynne Boby (5-49-40).
Four Notfast runners finished the course, led by Damian Davies in an excellent 3-05-24.
Piotr Dura was next home in 4-16-39, ahead of Andy Rowlands in 4-35-56 and Breeze Rowlands in 5-18-06.
Southwell Running Club members were headed by Joanne Harcombe in 4-01-11.
Other club times were: Andrew Thorne (4-09-24) Katy Simpson (4-13-56) Brendan Parkinson (4-34-14) Helen Ramwell (4-35-56) and Tracey Polak (4-40-55).