Raymonde Woodman runs the virtual London Marathon

(Image credit Adam Slater/Bridport Runners)

Raymonde Woodman completed the 2020 virtual London Marathon, following the cancellation of the mass start event, in a fantastic time of 4:59:36. This result placing him 88th in his category, not bad for his first marathon, even if he had to replace the roads of London for Litton Cheney!

In Ray’s own unique words:

“2020 (so far) Covid, rheumatoid arthritis, races postponed, Bridport Runners not being able to run together, Aldershot failing to gain promotion again, impending old age!

Race day: Drizzle, wind leaden skies, Ben, Adam, Sam, Tim (my support crew on a bike), screaming hamstrings ,heavy rain, brilliant support, amazing app cheering as every mile is reached.

Raymonde Woodman braving dark skies and rain to complete his first marathon
(Image credit Adam Slater/Bridport Runners)

Half way, swop Sam for Clive, good pace, more rain, 15 miles (don’t even dare to subtract that from 26), focus two miles at a time, Litton Cheney again, Barbara, bananas, Jess, more support, no going back, foot pain, wow could get under 5 hours, Burton Bradstock again, two miles short, Long Bredy road take 3 (hardest part, so near now!) Finally finish, sub 5 hours.

Elation, Pride, Touched by amazing support. My first marathon, only taken 68 years! Back of the net!!!

Bridport Runners and supporters I humbly thankyou for helping me achieve this from the bottom and top of my hamstrings!!”

Well done Ray, you earnt that one and it was a pleasure for us to be part of it!