Local fundraisers take part in London Marathon

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Runners from the north of the county have been recounting their London Marathon experiences.

More than 36,000 runners took to the streets of the capital for the 26-mile race.

Among them were colleagues Laura Wills and Chris Brown, from Wellingborough, who both beat their target times. Chris, 33, finished in just over four and a half hours – having aimed for less than four hours 45 minutes – while Laura, 29, crossed the line in a time of four hours 24 minutes.

Both were running the marathon to raise money for children’s charities.

“It was brilliant,” Laura said. “I had my name on my t-shirt so everyone was cheering us on.”
She added: “Now I’m going to go home, eat and drink some wine.”
Chris said he was not sure he could have run the whole distance without the support along the route, with music being played from car stereos and pubs to motivate the runners. “The crowds are really good,” he said.

Adrian Clarke, from Kettering, also finished in four hours 24 minutes, more than five minutes inside his pre-race target time.

“I have done what I wanted to do,” said Adrian, who was running to raise money for Cransley Hospice. “It was hard, I struggled from 20 miles. I think I did hit the wall.

“My legs are absolutely killing. I just feel on top of the world for having done it.”