London Marathon runners celebrate as charities get cash injection

Virgin Money London Marathon 2016 - Jill Gray EMN-160426-131225001
Virgin Money London Marathon 2016 - Jill Gray EMN-160426-131225001

A week ago today months of training paid off for local runners who raised thousands of pounds for good causes by completing the Virgin Money London Marathon.

More than 39,000 people completed the 26.2-mile route from Blackheath to Westminster - making it the biggest race in the event’s history.

Nicola Urmston, 42, from Lonsdale Road, Stamford, finished in a time of four hours and 43 minutes and has raised more than £3,000 for Children with Cancer UK.

She said: “Thank goodness I did the training, because it was really tough, but I battled through. The last three miles were the worst, but I kept thinking about the excellent work my chosen charity does.”

To donate, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/nicola-urmston-SAVMLMBONDS3332016-11888

Kerry Battams, 22, of Oak Crescent, Bourne, was running for the British Heart Foundation.

She was inspired to do so after her father, Stuart Battams, 47, suffered a heart attack two years ago. He recovered thanks to the ambulance crew who helped him, and the British Heart Foundation which assisted with his rehabilitation.

Kerry completed the marathon in a time of six hours and 40 minutes and is currently just under her fundraising target of £2,000.

She said: “The support from the crowd was unbelievable and I stopped quite a few times to talk to people. They helped get me over the finish line.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/KerryBattams

Julie Copley, 45, from Morton Fen, near Bourne, was running for Marie Curie in memory of her father, Jonathan Myers, who died in 2011 following a battle with prostate cancer.

She completed the course in a time of four hours and 55 minutes. Julie said: “It was really hard after about 20 miles, but I managed to do it.

“I was running on my husband’s birthday and it was a really emotional occasion.”

Julie has raised over £1,200 for Marie Curie. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Jla-copley

Rich Giblin, 36, of Harrier Close, Cottesmore, was running his first marathon in aid of Guide Dogs and finished in four hours and 16 minutes.

He said: “The first six to eight miles were pretty slow, with huge numbers of runners squeezing down narrow streets, but once we got going properly it was great.

“Afterwards, Guide Dogs hosted a reception and it was a really humbling experience meeting some of the people whose lives have been transformed by having a guide dog.”

Rich has raised around £1,600 so far of his £2,000 target. To donate, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RichGiblin

Glenn Martin, 32, a PE teacher from Thurlby, near Bourne, was running for MS-UK - a national charity which helps people living with multiple sclerosis.

He completed the course in a time of five hours and 12 minutes and has raised more than £2,000 for his charity.

Glenn was inspired to run by his sister, Sarah, who prior to falling ill with multiple sclerosis six years ago was a keen runner. He said: “It was a great occasion, something really special to be a part of.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Glenn-Martin1

Stephen Gabbutt, 41, from Tarragon Way, Bourne, was taking part just three weeks after also running the Paris Marathon. He was running for Climb - which provides advice on, and funds research into, inherited metabolic diseases, and also the Bourne branch of Little Miracles, a charity that supports families of children with additional needs, disabilities and life-limiting conditions. He finished in a time of four hours and 14 minutes.

He said: “Unfortunately at the 18-mile point in Paris I fell heavily and hurt my hip. It was touch and go as to whether or not I’d be able to run in London, so just getting to the finish line was an achievement.

“London has 10 times more atmosphere than Paris, where there are big stretches with no spectators at all.”

Stephen, who has currently raised just under £2,000, is also running the Berlin Marathon later this year. To donate, visit ww.justgiving.com/teams/StevieG3Marathons

Penny Hedley Lewis, 67, from Corby Glen, was running for an impressive eleventh time and finished in four hours and 21 minutes.

She said: “We were amazingly lucky with the weather, which was perfect. I’m not as fast as I used to be, but I’m keen to show what you can achieve at my age.”

Penny was running for the British Red Cross, for which she is the county president and has already raised more than £8,500. To donate, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PennyHedleyLewis-1

Mark Thomas, 43, from Stamford, and friend Mike Wenn, 32, ran the marathon as part of a series of gruelling challenges to raise funds for The Phoebe Research Fund. Set up in 2015 by Stamford mum Zoe Crowson, the fund aims to raise money to help find a cure for rare skin disease Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Mark was on target to set a personal best time, but started suffering from severe cramps in his legs 22 miles in.

After receiving treatment, and spurred on by the crowd, Mark finished in four hours and six minutes. Mike finished in three hours and 47 minutes.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/MarksTriplechallenge

Jordan Foster and Jill Gray, both completed the marathon for Anna’s Hope, the leading children’s brain tumour charity set up by Carole and Rob Hughes, from Pilsgate, after the death of their daughter, Anna, in 2006.

Carole and Rob were in London to support the pair. Carole said: “We were so proud of Jordan and Jill and we really appreciate their amazing efforts raising money for Anna’s Hope. Thank you to all their supporters who helped them raise funds for Anna’s Hope.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/
JFosterVLM2016 or http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JillGray

Matt Denny, 46, from Oakham, finished in four hours and 54 minutes, after being inspired to run by wife Marie, who was diagnosed with leukaemia last year.

So far, he has raised £3,600 for Leukaemia Care.

Matt said: “It was an amazing experience and I’m really happy to have raised plenty of money for a great cause.

“I would recommend it to anyone. If you train properly, anyone can do it.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Matthew-Denny

Bourne Grammar School teachers Chris Ray, 43, and Gemma Hempstead, 30, finished in four hours 12 minutes and three hours 53 minutes respectively.

They had both also completed the Paris Marathon earlier this month.

Gemma was fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust and BK’s Heroes while Chris was raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and #TeamGeorge

Gemma said: “We realised 18 miles in that running two marathons in a month was a lot harder than we thought.”

To donate, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ParisLondon52.4miles or http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisRay

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