London Marathon 2021: Junior physician Phil Sesemann first British male to complete

Sesemann warmed up for London Marathon with victory in final month’s Trafford 10k

What a solution to have a good time your birthday.

Junior physician Phil Sesemann turned 29 on Sunday and marked the event with a seventh-place end within the London Marathon.

Sesemann, who had by no means run the space earlier than, was the primary British male to complete, crossing the road only one place behind defending champion Shura Kitata of Ethiopia.

Beforehand a monitor specialist, the Yorkshireman drained within the closing levels however dug deep to complete in two hours, 12 minutes and 58 seconds.

His time means he qualifies for choice for subsequent yr’s European Championships and Commonwealth Video games.

This yr’s London Marathon was the primary on the same old Blackheath-Pall Mall course in additional than two years after the pandemic compelled a postponement, re-routing and cutting down of final yr’s occasion.

Sesemann has seen the disaster shut up by his work at Leeds Common Infirmary.

“It has been tough for my colleagues and I’ve tried to assist them as a lot as I can,” he stated.

“There have been challenges however extra round Covid danger for myself. I’ve achieved all this coaching and been attempting to keep away from catching Covid beforehand. It would not be value it.”

Sesemann’s most common coaching associate is his canine, named Kipchoge after Kenyan marathon nice Eliud Kipchoge.

“She’s on 80-plus miles per week. She is going to do 20-milers and stuff. She appears to adore it – however she would not get a alternative,” he stated.

“She would not tempo me. She normally lags behind, however she’s a stalwart on the Leeds coaching scene.”

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