Aldwick father and son conquer London Marathon

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AN ALDWICK father and son turned the London Marathon into a family affair.

David Crook, 70, was joined in his final entry in the world-famous race by Chris Crook on his debut.

David’s time of 3hr 53min placed him fifth among the 136 runners in the 70+ age group and a creditable 9,181st out of 34,171 finishers.

Chris, 40, was well pleased with his time of 3hr 39min.

David said: “I may be ending my ‘run’ of London Marathons.

“Ten is a nice round number.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all ten and want to make way for others.”

Chris’s family, David’s wife Di and daughter Kay, with her two children, were there. Kay is running her first race, the Bognor Prom 10k road race, next month.

It was 20 years ago that son Ed was the first in the family to run the London Marathon. David followed in 1999, with two members of the Bognor Hotham Rotary Club.

All David’s times in the run have been between 3hr 31min and 3hr 53min, except for 2005 when he cycled from his home to the start at Blackheath for a pre-Ironman race trial and finished in 4hr 5min.

But, far from reducing his efforts, he will be competing in this year’s English middle distance triathlon championship, or half-Ironman event.

He is also among the 20,000 cyclists to have entered the first Prudential ride from London to Surrey 100-mile event.

“My recent interest is sea kayaking, so I can enter the quadrathlons involving all four disciplines,” he said.