Runners have raised thousands for good causes after braving the 26.2 mile endurance test of the 2016 Virgin London Marathon.
For Oliver Boughton, this was his third marathon in two weeks, having completed runs in Manchester and Brighton.
Finishing in 3hrs 2mins and singing power ballads along the way, Oliver, 33, from Stephenson Place, has raised £4,300 for Parkinsons UK. His dad Chris, from Fornham, has the condition.
And for runner Rob Lawson there was also a family connection as he raised just over £3,300 for The National Brain Appeal. His father-in-law Brian Cash, from Bury St Edmunds, has a rare form of dementia. Rob’s run was completed in 3hrs 52mins.
He said: “It was a fantastic day. The crowds were amazing, especially from mile 21 onwards when my legs were giving up on me. My family were at mile 21 and The National Brain charity at mile 25. This gave me a huge boost when I needed it and carried me through to the finish line.”
Angela Whitehead completed the course in memory of her mum Charlotte Howard, the former Abbeygate ward councillor who died from cancer in 2013. Finishing in 4hrs 25mins she said: “It was emotional, cold, tough and inspiring and my beautiful mum was with me all the way.”
Angela raised £900 for MACS, which supports children born without eyes or with severe eye problems. She raised another £500 for a friend’s children whose mother died recently.
Friends Sallyanne Clarke and Eric Keymer, from Bury, staged fund-raising events ahead of the marathon. Sallyanne, 41, ran in 5hrs 25mins raisng more than £2,000 for the MS Trust. She said: “It was the most arduous experience in my life. Her sister Katie Seymour also ran the course in 4hrs 35mins.”
Eric has raised £1,600 so far for the Salvation Army and completed the marathon in 5hrs 41 mins 15 secs. He is planning a car boot and eBay sales to raise more funds.
Electricial engineer Lee Drummond, 30, from Elmswell, suffered knee problems and cramp in his first marathon, finishing in 5hrs 15mins and raising £3,741 for Diabetes UK. He said: “It was amazing, the best thing and the worst thing.”
Biology teacher at King Edward Vl School Ian Stuart raised £1,250 for the West Suffolk Hospital Forget Me Not dementia campaign, finishing in just over 4hrs 30mins.
He said: “The whole atmosphere right from the start to the end was brilliant. Everyone was really supportive and although nothing can prepare you for it the crowd cheering you on helped massively.”
Craig Skipp ran in memory of his mum who died after a fall and has raised £1,587 with gift aid for Headway Suffolk. He completed the course in 4hrs 33mins 51secs.