SAMANTHA Amend finished 360th out of 37,500 runners in the London Marathon last weekend – but was so disappointed with her performance that she had to take her frustration out by going for another run in the evening.

The 30-year-old Marlow mum clocked two hours, 47 minutes and one second to finish as the sixth fastest lady, once the Elite runners have been taken out, - but she was left feeling flat.

She said: “I was so fed up with my time that I had to do my ironing and then go for another five mile run to get my anger out.”

Her time was two minutes faster than last year’s and her best in five attempts around the capital’s course.

But she was left deflated because she had hoped to run under 2.45 and even harboured outside hopes of running 2.38 which is the Commonwealth Games Qualification time.

She said: “I had a little tear in my eye at the end of the race and I sat on the train coming back feeling really fed up because I thought I should have done better because I have put so much into my running that sometimes it feels as though the London Marathon has become my life.”

But Amend is not one to stay down for long and she has vowed to turn disappointment into inspiration.

She said: “If the London Marathon was happening again tomorrow I would be there trying to do even better.

“I just want to get better and better. I am relatively new to the sport, I am only 30 and I haven’t got to that peak where I think I can’t go any faster yet.”

In fact she was hampered by sciatica last Sunday.

She said: “I know some people will think I’m silly for being disappointed with my time but if I wasn’t the way I am I wouldn’t be where I am today.

“I’m very determined and I want to achieve my full potential. It wasn’t one of my best days but I will use the feeling of disappointment, go back and get stronger.”

But she was quick to salute all the thousands who finished behind her.

She said: “The people who did it in four, five or six hours should be saluted because running for that long is a lot harder than me doing it for two and a three quarters.”