RUNNERS laced up their trainers to tackle the London Marathon on Sunday to raise funds for a host of good causes.
People from across the area were among the thousands who took to the streets of the capital for the 26-mile challenge.
George Hales, 18, of Burley Road, Langham, was running in his first ever marathon for brain injury charity Headway for the support it gave his brother Simon, who spent five weeks in a coma following a 20ft fall in October 2009.
George completed the feat in 4hr 57min and raised more than £5,500 for the charity.
His mum, Jane, who was due to race but had to pull out through injury, said: “George did very well considering he didn’t do much training. But he said he won’t be doing it again because he couldn’t walk after.
“It’s just excellent to have raised so much and we are always overwhelmed with how much people give when we fundraise for the charity.”
Kate Brookes, 45, of Church Lane, Manton, raised more than £1,000 for children’s hospice charity Rainbows after running the event in 3hr46min.
She challenged herself to run in the event in the memory of her father, David Ayres, who died from a heart attack last year. She also raised additional funds to go towards a memorial bench for him.
Kate said: “It went very well and I really enjoyed it. I would like to say a huge thank you to those that have donated - it really did help to keep me going when the going got tough.”
Penny Hedley Lewis, of Corby Glen, completed her seventh London Marathon with a personal best time of 4hr 3min, in aid of British Red Cross.
Penny said: “Thankfully it all went well for me. The weather was perfect for running and for all the spectators too.”
Steve Bourne, 49, of Little Casterton Road, Ryhall, took on the run to raise funds for Get Kids Going, a children’s charity that raises funds for equipment and support disabled children and young people to take part in sport.
Steve completed his first ever marathon run in 3hr39min and raised about £3,200 for the charity.
He said: “It was an amazing experience and the crowds really carried you along the whole route.”
Steve Crane, 47, from Deenethorpe, near Corby, completed his first ever full marathon in a time of 4hr 18min to raise funds for Anna’s Hope, a Stamford-based children’s charity which offers support to children and young people who have been diagnosed with brain tumours.
Steve raised a more than £3,500 for the charity which was set up by Rob and Carole Hughes, of Pilsgate near Stamford, in the memory of their daughter Anna, who died from a brain tumour in 2006, aged just three.
Steve said: “It went really really well and I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience of the event.
“And I’m really pleased with how much people have given. It’s gone way beyond my expectations and smashed my target of £2,000. It was all very worthwhile.”