Runner raises vital cash for hospital

AN amateur runner from the county has raised hundreds of pounds for the care of premature babies after completing the London Marathon.

Paul Burr, 25, was among the thousands of people who took part in the 26-mile race on Sunday.

Mr Burr, of Pascal Close in Corby, finished in four hours 23 minutes.

By completing the race he has raised almost £700 for Kettering General Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit.

Speaking after the event, Mr Burr said: “I decided to raise the cash for the unit after a few of my friends had babies which were cared for very well at the unit.

“I hope the money is put to good use to help more youngsters.”

Mr Burr said he started training for the marathon in October, running up to three times a week.

He said: “The first 20 miles were okay, but after that it was a real challenge and the legs are suffering from it now.

“Since beginning training I feel much fitter and will not rule out doing the marathon again.”