Chatteris landlady and son’s London Marathon exploits raise £5,000 for charity

Lydia and Ricky with their medals after completing the London Marathon

Lydia and Ricky with their medals after completing the London Marathon - Credit: Archant

A CHATTERIS pub landlady and her teenage son completed the London Marathon raising £5,000 for a children’s cancer charity.

Lydia Payne, 46, who is landlady at the Sportsman Pub, Chatteris, and her 19-year-old son Ricky Jevon were cheered on by family and friends as they pushed themselves to the limit in aid of the Children With Cancer fund.

Lydia finished in six hours 57 minutes, with Ricky beating her time by six minutes,

Pub regulars showed their support for the duo by starring in a naked calendar last December, while 14 of the female regulars stayed awake for more than 24 hours to raise more than £1,000 with a ‘Non-Sleepover’ Challenge.

Lydia said: “It was an amazing day. A group came down from the Sportsman to watch and cheer us on.

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“I think me making it to the finish line was the most amazing thing of all.

“I would like to thank everyone who supported us.”

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The landlady says she has no plans to put on her running shoes again.

She said: “It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.”

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