RUNNERS from across Rutland battled the heat and crowds to complete the London Marathon on Sunday.
Andrew Wheatcroft, 43, who lives with wife Carol and children Jonny, seven, and Jack, two, of Ashwell Road, Oakham, made it round the 26-mile course in 4hrs 12min and raised £5,500 for the NSPCC.
Andrew, who has only been running for 18 months and had an operation on his shin in December, is delighted with his time.
He said: “It is a wonderful feeling having crossed the finish line. It was a lifetime’s ambition, some people dream of climbing Mount Everest but this is one of the things I’ve always wanted to do.”
Rosemary Dodson, 64, of Ketton Road, North Luffenham, ran and power walked her way around London to clock in a time of 6hrs 39min.
It was her third London Marathon, having only started running a few years ago to keep fit.
She has the target of raising £1,200 for the Tusk Trust, a conservation and education charity in Kenya, but is £425 shy and hopes people will support her. Go to www.justgiving.com/rosemarydodson
Rosemary said: “The people in London are the most hospitable. They won’t let you stop. They are the best.”
Paul Neehuis, 27, of Cheviot Close, Oakham, completed the marathon in five hours and 36 minutes.
The barman who works at Calico in Mill Street, Oakham, has raised more than £2,000 for Loros through help from generous customers and his sponsors Oakham Wines.
He said: “It was a struggle but I really enjoyed it. The crowds were amazing. I’m going to sign up to do it again next year.”
David Bradshaw, of Station Road, Oakham, ran the marathon in 4hr 30min and raised £1,000 for Loros.
He said: “It was very satisfying.”