Runners overwhelmed by London Marathon experience

Runners from across the area woke up this morning (Monday) with aching legs after taking part in yesterday’s London Marathon.

Dozens of people from Stamford and Rutland were among the 36,000 participants who ran the 26.2 mile course.

Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the streets to support the runners, many with black ribbons on their vests in honour of the victims of last week’s Boston Marathon bombings.

Among those taking part from our area was Viv Middlebrook, 50, of Ryhall. She clocked a time of 3hr 59min, just a few seconds under her target completion time of 4hr.

She said: “I am absolutely chuffed to bits that I’m not really feeling the aches and pains today.

“It was great overall, I just scraped in my target time by the skin of my teeth.

“It really was the experience of a lifetime, the crowds were absolutely amazing and I saw lots of characters along the way, which really added to the atmosphere.”

Viv was among those who sported a black ribbon on her vest and she said the tragedy at Boston Marathon was very much in her thoughts during the race.

She said: “It was particularly poignant as I was in America last week and everyone was talking about it.

Viv, who was running for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, was one of nine members of Stamford Striders who took part and all the running club members recorded personal bests.

The Greetham Runners, made up of Roly Easson, his son Ben, and their friend Gary Spencer, also ran in aid of Leukaemia Care. Gary, 44, suffered from the disease as a child.

Roly said: “It was an absolutely brilliant event and we have raised well over £4,500 for the charity, which is a really good result.

“But I am feeling a bit stiff this morning. It took me a while to get down the stairs!”

Dean Cornish, of St Leonard’s Street, Stamford, was taking part in his 13th marathon for Children with Cancer and described it as “probably my most enjoyable”.

He said: “I had a bit of a personal best. My target was 4hr 30min and I got in at 4hr 29min so I was pleased with that.
“The crowds were absolutely amazing - the support was first class. After about 18 miles I started to cramp up so the last eight miles were difficult but it was good.”

Chris Shingles, 31, from Deeping St Nicholas, has been overwhelmed with support for his charity Children with Cancer. He is manager at Linfords fish and chip shop in Market Deeping.

He said: “It was difficult because it was probably the warmest day I’ve been out running since before Christmas but I did manage to get over the line, just not as fast as I hoped.

“I think the crowds were fantastic. I think all the London people wanted to come out after the Boston Marathon and show that we are not going to be defeated. The noise was just deafening through the whole course.”