Fen runners successfully cross the London Marathon finishing line
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People from the Fens joined thousands of runners to successfully cross the finish line for the 37th London marathon.
Entrants have raised millions for good causes over the years in the race which was founded by the former Olympic champion and journalist Chris Brasher and athlete John Disley.
Taking part from the Fens were:
Natalie Mason, of Whittlesey
Natalie, 36, raised money for Epilepsy Action. by finishing in 5 hours 22 minutes. Natalie was running in memory of her first born son Kian, who died when he was two years old.
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She is on course to raise more than £3,500. In 2004 Kian went to sleep in his cot and sadly he never woke up.
Natalie said. “I know there is nothing I could have done to prevent this happening, but I had no awareness of epilepsy, the different types, the types of treatment and medication available.
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“I feel now that there is so much information out there that I could have known. Knowledge is power.”
Laura Palmer, of Doddington
Time was 6 hours 11 mins 19 seconds. The 39 year old said: “My first marathon ever done, I did three half’s before but never anything like this. “I’m a full time mum of three children and I decided to run for meningitis now after being spurred on by my friend who had it at the age of 18. “She also ran with me. I decided to run in order to raise invaluable funds which enable the charity to continue to conduct research and raise awareness of meningitis.
“I just wanted to do my bit and prove that I’m capable physically and mentally of running such a long distance. It was fantastic and I aim to do it again next year. No stopping me now.
“I raised £2,700 so far but still taking donations.”
Darren Wharton, of March
Darren, 40, ran it in 7hrs 41 mins as he helped a man who collapsed by Big Ben. “It was his first marathon and I wanted him to finish as his little son was waiting for him, this was my eighth London marathon and the last, it gets harder as you get older.
Darren ran alongside two friends for breast cancer and between then have raised £6,000.
“It’s a close charity to my family and friends,” he said. His next event is at Peterborough greyhounds on May 11 when he runs as a grey hound then on may 13 in Sunderland for a 10k run.
Louise Kemp, of March
Mum of six Louise, 35, completed in 6hrs 24 minutes and battled through with a bad leg from mile 10.
“It was my first marathon. I was running for PHAB kids. So far have raised over £1,200 with offline donations too! It was one of my biggest achievements to complete it.”
Jessica Heslop, of Chatteris
The mum of two, 31, ran in aid of Asthma UK, a cause close to her heart as she has had the illness since she was a young child. Jessica, from Chatteris, took on the challenge despite being seriously ill with a chest infection only last month.
Mother and daughter team Rachel Wright and Lesley Wright
The pair have raised £739 for the British Heart Foundation, having only expected to raise £500.
Rachel completed the marathon in 5hrs 19 minutes while her mum Lesley Wright completed the course in 5hrs 21 minutes.
For Lesley it was her second marathon, the first time being in 1984.
Martin Bristow of Farcet
Martin ran the London Marathon for the small local charity No Gain No Pain UK (NGNPUK). The charity raises funds for syringe drivers to be used in local communities in end of life care.