Marathon man Findlay leads charge in London
LONG distance duo David Findlay and Simon Tippett flew the Basildon flag at the 2017 London Marathon, finishing in commendable times.
Findlay was the first of the two home, completing the course in 3:32.57, just a couple of minutes outside his lifetime best, set at last year’s Chelmsford Marathon in October. His time placed him in the top 600 runners in the M50 age group.
Basildon’s SAL men’s team manager has enjoyed a strong winter season, completing the testing “Benfleet 15” multi-terrain course in January in 1:55, the fifth masters athlete home. He was also a regular scoring runner in the senior men’s cross country team throughout the winter.
Tippett last donned the Basildon vest at last year’s Essex County Veteran’s Championships. In London, he was also narrowly outside his best which he set back in 2012, running for East Essex Tri Club. This year, representing the other Gloucester Park club, he clocked 4:00.11 to finish 1556 in the M45 age category.