Rob Harris and John Auld stormed to superb sub-3 hour personal bests at the front of a large North Herts Road Runners contingent in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.
Harris recorded 2:44:21, a time good enough to gain him qualification for the prestigious Championship start in next year's race.
Auld smashed a remarkable 11 minutes off his previous fastest time to finish in 2:51:56 - handsome reward for recording 800 miles in his marathon training programme.
Dan Hills was another Squirrel delighted with his time, completing his first marathon in 3:04.56. Further debuts – and some impressive charity fundraising - came from Allison Blunt with 5:08:2 and Jennifer Naisbitt with 6:33:13.
Barbara Sayers also recorded a personal best with 3:42:48.
Other North Herts Road Runners finishers: Adrian Sherwood 3:07:56; Nick Malpeli 3:12:59; Darren Matussa 3:15:05; Ollie Garbas 3:28:31; Daniel Williams 3;45:59; Steve Tracey 3:53:01; Jane Clarke 3:58:18; Helen Nuttall 4:08:33; Andrew Hull 4:21:41.
Parkrun results: Chris Poole achieved a new best of 21:57 at Beckton and Miranda Morgan took the honours as first V60 lady at Redditch with a time of 26:40.