London Marathon efforts

Just some of the runners who took part in the London Marathon event from the area.
Just some of the runners who took part in the London Marathon event from the area.

Athletes from the area have managed to raise thousands for many worthy causes during their efforts in the London Marathon last Sunday.

Half a million spectators in the capital stood cheering and supporting the big event with around 36,000 runners taking part in the 26.2 mile course.

The Savona Striders at The London Marathon event

The Savona Striders at The London Marathon event

A moving tribute was also dedicated to the victims and those taking part in the previous event during the Boston Marathon in America. Runners and fundraisers wore black ribbons on their vests and costumes in respect.

A minute’s silence was also observed at the start of the race which Jane Dales of South Thoresby near Alford, who took part in the event, said the horror of the bombs which were set off during the American race, did not overshadow the atmosphere and thrill of the day, she said: “It was a fantastic day, I think there were even more people there than the previous years when I’ve taken part.”

Jane gained a time of four hours 54 minutes and Robert Dales her husband, four hours 46 minutes. Between the pair, they have raised nearly £4,000 for three different charities.

Skegness running clubs also did the area proud, with five Skegness Coasters gaining impressive times on the day.

Including; Ben Evison with, two hours 50 minutes and three seconds personal best (PB), Andy Shelton three hours, two minutes 22 seconds (PB), James McNamee three hours, 15 minutes and one second (PB), Jackie Rhodes four hours 24 minutes and five seconds (PB) and Julie Hawkesford five hours 15 minutes and 24 seconds. (PB)

“Ben, Andy and James all managed to beat their previous times. Jackie’s place was through the charity Children with Cancer, she has managed to raise over £3,000. Julie was lucky enough to be given this years place by the club and raised funds for The Butterfly Hospice, with over £500 so far,” said a club spokesperson.

The Savona Striders were also fantastic during the event, Carol Silverwood has raised more than £2,000 so far, for Children with Cancer and finished in four hours, 57 minutes and nine seconds, Kev Baldwin finished in four hours, 28 minutes and 31 seconds with Trev Beech finishing in five hours and 30 minutes.

“The support from the crowds was great, the security top class, it was very inspiring to see so many runners of all ages giving it a go. We are looking forward to next year,” said Carol.