IN SHIMMERING heat and with blistering feet, fund-raisers raced to the finish of the London Marathon and amassed thousands of pounds for charity.
Legions of people conquered the 26.2 miles around the capital with many donning vibrant costumes and motivated by personal causes.
Among the inspirational runners were West Suffolk Hospital nurse Sarah Hinchliffe, who took part in memory of her younger brother Peter. She finished the race in about 5:07 (5 hours 7 minutes) and raised nearly £2,000 for Cardiac Risk in the Young.
Meanwhile, Jamie Bridges, of Bury, ran as a tribute to his baby daughter Ruby who died. He completed the race in 5:30 with £2,500 for premature babies charity Tommy’s.
Martin Balmer, 53, of Bury, crossed the finish line in 5:55 and his son John came in at 5:43. They hope to raise more than £2,000 for the Stroke Association.
At 4:43 Stanton postman Steve Whitaker has so far got about £760 for the ME Association. Derek Smiley, 56, of Barton Mills, ran 6:50, breaking his time from last year and raising more than £1,500 for the British Lung Foundation.
Combs Ford Primary School headteacher Russell Clark finished in 5:15 with £10,180 for Children with Leukaemia.
Louise Rowlinson (5:12), of Denston, so far has £1,376 for the Samaritans.
Rob Lawson ran 4:02, with nearly £7,000 for the National Hospital Development Foundation in honour of Bury father-in-law Brian Cash.
Matthew Hammill, of Haughley, came in at 5:05 with about £1,700 for Beating Bowel Cancer. Philip Green, of Stowmarket, was in at 4:06 with about £910 for Tommy’s.
Claire Utting, of Bury, managed 4:46 with £2,800 so far for CLIC Sargent. At 5:11 Ben O’Hanlon raised more than £3,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
Richard Pepper, 5:01, and Philip Patterson, 4:49, of UK Power Networks, have £1,700 for Deafness Research UK and £2,500 for The Prostate Cancer Charity.