Horsham Blue Star Harrier runner Elspeth Turner ran a personal best time of 2 hrs 57 mins and 52 secs in the London Marathon on Sunday.
That saw her win the over-50 age-group category and be the first Sussex female runner home.
Along with 40,000 other runners, Turner took advantage of perfect running conditions to run the 26.2-mile route around the city of London.
The former Scottish international cross-country runner has taken up marathon running in the past few years and in her seventh marathon, she finally cracked the three-hour barrier she was hoping for.
Her marathon CV also includes Brighton, Yeovil, Cologne, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
Turner, who coaches at Blue Star Harriers, said: “The amazing crowds lining the whole 26-mile route definitely made the difference in helping me run such a good race. I have never experienced such support for such a long way – it was unforgettable day.”
Full London Marathon report and news in this week’s West Sussex County Times.