Marathon runners from the Diss Express area have helped raise thousands of pounds for charity, by putting their bodies through their paces at Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon.
Palgrave runner Jan Harvey surprised her husband Alex at his 30th birthday celebrations in March, informing him he had been entered into this year’s marathon.
Mrs Harvey completed the run in 3 hours and 59 minutes, while Mr Harvey finished in 4 hours 44 minutes, raising in excess of £4,000 for Scope in the process. Both were running their first ever marathons.
Mike Barr, of Castle Street, Eye, was also embarking on his first London Marathon - at the age of 69.
He completed the course in four hours and 14 minutes. Out of 249 runners in the 65 to 69-year-old age group competing in the marathon, he ranked 88th.
Running for the charity Independent Age, he has raised more than £2,000. He placed on record his thanks for peoples’ generous contributions.
The London Marathon was a case of three down, one to go for Tom Bobbins.
The owner of Heywood Sports and Leisure Club in Diss set himself the task of running four marathons in five weeks across Europe.
Having completed the Rome Marathon in March, Mr Bobbins completed the Paris Marathon on April 6 in three hours 39 minutes, and Sunday’s London Marathon in three hours 52 minutes, despite suffering tendinitis in his left ankle, and an Achilles strain on his right foot. Mr Bobbins, who was unwell following his run on Sunday but has raised £4,500 so far, including £350 for a local cause from Sunday’s effort, will complete his challenge with the Madrid Marathon on April 27.
“I was quite dreading the thought of Madrid, but I am feeling a bit better but I am sure it will be fine. I am due a rest afterwards!”
Unfortunately for Scole’s Duncan Slater, a back injury sustained in training ruled him out of the marathon, although the double-amputee has a place secured for next year.