SWADLINCOTE runner Helen Sharpe’s fantastic start to 2014 continued with an excellent top 10 finish at the London Marathon on Sunday.
The 33-year-old, who now lives in Bristol, finish 453rd overall, but was the 10th fastest women to complete the 26-mile circuit around the capital last weekend.
Former Pingle School student Sharpe took up running when she moved to Scotland eight years ago, and shaved 10 minutes off her 2013 time, finishing this year’s marquee event in an impressive 2hrs 47mins 22secs.
The marathon success follows on from her seventh-place finish at the Bath Half Marathon, where she recorded 78:26 – another personal best on her local stomping ground.
In a successful year to date, Sharpe also helped Scotland East to a team silver medal in the Inter-counties Cross Country Championships at Cofton Park Birmingham with a personal time of 29:50 to finish 22nd.
Earlier this month, she guided Bristol and West AC to bronze in the ERRA National Road Relay at Sutton Park, also in Birmingham.
Running the penultimate leg in a time of 15:16, she took her six-strong team from sixth place to fourth, before the last runner secured third spot with an overall time of 1:29:28.
Not far behind Sharpe in the London Marathon was Hatton Darts’ Jamie Fletcher, who clocked 2:56:18 running for Derby Athletics Club.
Fellow Darts Alison Collins (3:25:59), Claire Calladine (3:33:52), Jonathan Gregson (4:00:14), Richard Foster (4:46:38) and Ralph Huthmacher (4:21:14)also completed the course.