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Havering Mayesbrook’s Lauren Deadman stars on TV at first half marathon

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 October 2016

Lauren Deadman of Havering AC (pic: Kevin White).

Lauren Deadman of Havering AC (pic: Kevin White).

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Local PE Teacher beats Great Britain athlete to finish third in Great Birmingham Run

Havering Mayesbrook’s Lauren Deadman made a brilliant half marathon debut last Sunday to finish third overall and as the first Great Britain athlete at the Great Birmingham Run.

The race was televised live by Channel Five and the 32-year-old recorded a fine time of 74.54.

Deadman, a PE teacher, was only behind Romania’s Madalina Florea and eventual winner Elizeba Cherono of the Netherlands.

Cherono, who competed in the recent European Championships, clocked 73.42 to win the title.

But Deadman could be proud of her efforts as the Havering Mayesbrook athlete pipped Sonia Samuels to third.

Samuels finished 30th for GB in the Rio Olympics earlier this year to demonstrate the kind of quality in the field at Birmingham.

Deadman has posted fast 10 mile times in the past at the Great South Run in Portsmouth in 2014 and 2015, but this was her first time running the longer 13.1 mile half marathon distance.

While she claimed a brilliant third, it was a painful effort. “Wow, my legs are sore,” admitted Deadman after her fantastic finish.

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