Runners experience marathon delight

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THOUSANDS of pounds has been raised by runners from across South Holland after they completed the gruelling London marathon course on Sunday.

Sarah O’Brien (30) ran the course for the first time in four hours and 24 minutes to collect £1,800 for Action Medical Research.

Sarah, who works for the Spalding Special Schools Federation covering the Priory and Garth Schools, said: “I’ve heard it’s the best marathon you can do in regards to the atmosphere and it was fantastic.

“Everyone was going for it and even after it finished strangers were asking if you had run and were cheering you.”

Colin Gray, of Seas End Road, Moulton Seas End, ran the event in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association after pulling on his running shoes for the first time since his school days.

Colin (55) completed the course in just under six hours and has so far raised £2,800.

“I am a bit sore and aching but it’s a good thing to do,” he said.

Chris Foreman (57), of East Elloe Avenue, Holbeach, has raised just over £1,000 for Team Pants and Bras for Prostate and Breast Cancer Care.

Chris, who has fought prostate cancer himself, said: “It took me longer than I hoped because I suffered with blisters.

“I had pain for the last ten miles but the crowd were fantastic. You could not wish for better people.

“They would give you drinks and sweets and I’m sure they’d get you a beer if you asked for it.”

Wayne Mansfield (38), a chef at The Loft in Swan Street, Spalding, crossed the line in just under five-and-a-half hours.

He is hoping to collect £1,000 for the Essex Disabled Sport Foundation.