South Lincolnshire Marathon champions

Sharon Brooks.
Sharon Brooks.
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They have sweated, no doubt torn muscles and felt every emotion under the sun, but our marathon runners are all feeling great now.

A number of people from south Lincolnshire took part in the London Marathon, as reported in last week’s Spalding Guardian.

Gemma Hempstead and Chris Ray.

Gemma Hempstead and Chris Ray.

We caught up with more of them at the ‘finishing line’ – or after the event, when the money raised for charity was mostly totted up.

Mortgage consultant Jade Moses raised £2,270 for homeless charity Shelter, completing the 26.2 mile run in five hours 17 minutes.

She said the experience was fantastic and ‘strangely enjoyable’ due to the electric atmosphere and the crowd cheering everyone on.

The support from her family and friends was invaluable and seeing them at certain cheer points throughout the race really spurred her on, though she doesn’t think she will be doing it again!

Jade would love to get over the £2,300 mark – visit her JustGiving page at or pop into Nationwide Building Society in Spalding.

For Bourne Grammar School staff members Gemma Hempstead and Chris Ray it was the second marathon within the month as the pair had already got the Paris run under their belts (in four hours and four minutes and four hours 41 minutes respectively) before pounding London’s streets.

Gemma finished with a personal total of £5,429.35 while Chris raised over £1,600 in sponsorship, to be split between BK’s Heroes, #teamgeorge, The Teenage Cancer Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support.

West Pinchbeck cancer survivor Sharon Brooks made a fantastic £4,000 for diabetes charity JDRF after finishing the run in four hours and 35 minutes.

Sharon, who has twice beaten off cancer, was inspired to raise money for JDRF by her niece, Faith Robinson. Faith (7) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was two years old and her mum Gemma has so far helped raise £40,000 for the cause.

Sharon said of her marathon run: “I was really pleased with my time. It was a fantastic day and I met some amazing people and made some fabulous new friends. My family travelled to see me run and I enjoyed every second. I felt strong all the way round.”