Runners post strong times in Boston

A handful of Surrey and White Rock runners clocked impressive times at last week’s Boston Marathon – one of the world’s most prestigious races.

Surrey’s Rob Barber, 51, was the first local to cross the finish line, clocking a time of three hours, four seconds – good for 52nd in his age division. Next across the line was Mark Jongedijk, in 3:12:52, followed by fellow Surrey runner Neil Yarmoshuk, 40.

White Rock’s John Murphy, 70, finished 67th in the men’s 70-74 year old class, with a time of 4:49:48.

Others to complete the 42.2-km race were: Marcus Slade (3:26:52), William McKinnon (3:30:11), Rick Fraser (3:38:09), Tanya Warkentin (3:40:42), Dave MacDonald (3:46:03), Derren Lench (3:46:28), David Greig (3:49:11), Angela Elemans (3:52:31), Janet Weber (3:53:58), Darlene Barber (4:00:12), Rick Horita (4:13:49) and Marilyn Payne (4:16:06).

In total, 26,907 runners competed in the April 18 marathon, which was won by Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai, who finished the race in a blistering 2:03:02 – the fastest marathon time ever recorded.