Runners celebrate London Marathon success

Paul Fuge
Paul Fuge
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RUNNERS have pushed themselves to cross the finish line at the 35th London Marathon.

With all ages and abilities taking part, some breezed through the race and others completed it with a few injuries.

Matthew Tyler

Matthew Tyler

One of those was Charlotte Babb from Emsworth, who was running for the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund.

She crossed the finish line in 3hrs 53mins.

Charlotte said: ‘I was hoping for a time of under four hours so I am pleased that I managed to get that.

‘It was a really great run and the crowd were amazing.’

‘Touchline’ Tony Male from Milton managed to raise over £4,000 after struggling through the 26.2-mile course.

He said: ‘I injured my ankle at 14 miles, which meant it took me longer.

‘Luke Semmens, who was competing as well, stayed with me throughout the race and we completed it in 6hrs 25mins.

This was Tony’s 15th marathon and he said his injury has definitely not put him off from running next year.

Darin Melville and Nina Barratt

Darin Melville and Nina Barratt

Others had the support of their trusty sidekick to keep them running through the miles.

Darin Melville and Nina Barrett from Portsmouth 
dressed up as Batman and Robin to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Roko fitness instructor Darin said: ‘It was brilliant, we managed to complete it in under five hours which is what Nina wanted.’

For some runners it was their first time of competing in the marathon.

Matthew Tyler from Waterlooville took on the challenge.

He said: ‘I managed to finish in 4hrs 45mins.

‘I ran for the Teenage Cancer Trust and have raised around £500.’

Many competitors just ran with their normal sports gear but Anthony ‘Scouse’ Carley carried 26.3lbs of gear.

The Royal Navy Leading Physical Trainer based at HMS Collingwood said: ‘I finished in just over seven hours but due to blisters I worked in my socks for some of it.’