Inspirational fund-raisers from West Suffolk did their good causes proud as they crossed the finish line at the London Marathon.
Among those who beat their personal goals was Neil Anthony, of Chevington, who is undergoing treatment for cancer and initially set out to walk/run about six miles upto the Cutty Sark.
However, spurred on by the atmosphere he carried on and completed the 26.2 mile course in seven hours 37 minutes.
Mr Anthony, who celebrated his 53rd birthday on the day and has taken part in marathons since the age of 19, said: “You’re cheered on from start to finish - thousands of people are calling out your name.” He was joined by his 19-year-old son Jack, who completed it in three hours and 52 minutes. Together they have raised more than £3,000 for Cancer Research UK.
When Karen Williamson, 42, of Whepstead, finished the race in four hours five minutes, it marked the end of amammoth challenge as she has finished 17 marathons including three ultras in the last 12 months. So far she has collected £2,167 for Diabetes UK including £1,000 from a fishing match at The Nunnery Fishery, in Thetford. She said: “It’s been an amazing era of my life.”
Mrs Williamson thanked Free Spirit and Tackle Up, which donated rods and prizes as well as The Nunnery.
With a time of fours hours and 50 minutes, Rob Love, 27, of Bury, has raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research in memory of his sister Sarah, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010 and passed away the following year.
He said: “There was an amazing crowd which pushed you right through to the end.”
Bury trade union officer Hayley Woods, who suffers from a rare blood disorder Cyclical Neutropenia which causes frequent illness and infections, made it over the finish in seven hours despite becoming unwell the night before. Her training was also affected by her condition.
She said: “I had some medical assistance for my feet and then was quite dizzy, nauseous and cold for a few hours after, but I really felt elated and just so happy that I had been able to take part and finish, after everything that has happened.” She has raised £2,000 for Genetic Disorders UK.
Couple John and Katy Frith, of Bury, amassed more than £7,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care after managing the marathon in four hours and 53 minutes and organising a ball attended by 170 people at the Athenaeum.
Jordan Hughes, 20, of Fornham St Martin, achieved a time of four hours 57 minutes and brought in £2,020 for his employer St Nicholas Hospice Care.
Greene King colleagues David Carr and Marie Williams, of Bury, made it in three hours 54 minutes and six hours 25 minutes respectively. Determined Marie hadn’t done any running for the last five weeks due to injury and was thinking of withdrawing two weeks ago. She raised more than £2,000 so far and David reached £1,560 in aid of the company’s charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support.
Billy Adamson, a maths teacher at Thurston Community College, finished in three hours 45 minutes with £5,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.
Clare Harding, 29, of Bury, has so far raised £1,100 for Age UK after making it in at five hours 55 minutes. She hopes to organise another fund-raiser to push up the total.
Detective Constable Andrea French, of Mildenhall, raised more than £2,000 for charity Save Babies Through Screening Foundation UK after completing the marathon in four hours 18 minutes. It was in memory of colleague Detective Sergeant Ann Naylor’s granddaughter Phoebe Knibbs, who died from a rare illness known as Krabbe Disease.
Ben Blacklock, of Kentford, who is an Animal Health Trust expert ophthalmologist, came in at four hours and 11 minutes with £2,293 so far for the AHT.