Redbridge marathon runners raise over £100,000 for charity
PUBLISHED: 12:54 26 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:19 26 April 2018
After months of training the wait was finally over for Redbridge runners last weekend as they took part in what was one of the hottest London Marathons to date and raised more than £100,000 for charity.
Charities, running clubs and individuals from across the borough all completed the 26.2 mile course that takes you past some of the the city’s most famous landmarks.
Jogging to success was veteran fundraiser Dave ‘the running phone’ Lock, from Woodford Green, who completed his 20th London Marathon in costume for Samaritans, and his fiftieth marathon overall.
Dave said: “At 14 miles, a man in the crowd grabbed my hand, and said, ‘You saved my life, I phoned Samaritans and it stopped me’.
“There were tears - mine and his - we hugged and on I went. That was really special.”
A team of 17 runners survived the searing heat and crossed the finish line for Haven House Children’s Hospice and in the process raised a combined total of more than £33,000.
Chief executive of the charity Mike Palfreman said that they were “incredible” and deserved a well earned rest.
A big well done must go to Lynne Northcott from Goodmayes who raised £17,000 for The Penny Appeal, and her efforts will help build wells for families in Gambia.
Lynne went out to Africa to visit some of the villages where children have to walk miles to collect water and said that this was her motivation to get across the finish line.
A Chigwell mum raised over £7,000 for Chana - a charity who help people with infertility and secondary infertility - after she suffered with the condition.
Laura Marks was entered into the ballot by her 13-year-old daughter as she thought it would be funny, and said that her goal was to raise enough for the full cost of a cycle of IVF treatments.
She said: “My dream is that a new baby is born as a result of my running and your generosity.”
Two friends battled through the heat to raise money for a schoolgirl from Woodford Green with an incurable brain tumour.
Shiralee Hyde and Sharon Wright were running for eight-year-old Kaleigh Lau and her on-going fight against DIPG (Diffuse intrinsic Pontine Giloma) and raised more than £5,000 towards her treatments.
Hannah Sheikh, 44, from Redbridge raised more than £3,500 for Allergy UK in memory of her seven-year-old cousin who died from a milk allergy whilst on holiday in Italy.
She said that she was thinking of him as she crossed the finish line, and was hoping that by taking part she could help raise awareness of the dangers of having a serious allergy.
A number of Redbridge running clubs also took part in the marathon and raised over £20,000 for different charities.
East London Runners based in Wanstead pounded the pavements in the scorching heat as 38 members crossed the finish line with a number of them running for charities close to their heart.
Runners included Andrea Waller, Sheila Kennedy, Rose Shrimplin, Jay Sangha, Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera, Sandra Hiller, Barry Warry, Susannah McLaren, Kate Frost, Lucy Barron, Colin Dryland, Sharon Lincoln and Selina Verna who raised a combined total of more than £19,000.
Nine runners from Ilford Athletics Club also completed the 26.2 mile course, with four of them running for charity.
Those were Rohan Alexander, Adnan Karim, Natasha Mansouri and Dennis Briggs.
Dennis raised £327 for Children With Cancer and Natasha, who said it was a dream come true to take part in the marathon raised £1,565 for The Intercultural Youth Development Association.
A special mention must also go to Harmander Singh from the Sikh’s in the City running club.
The 58-year-old pacemaker from Ilford was the oldest on the course and this year’s London Marathon was his 131st marathon.
Vanessa Webster and Jag Bassi are also members of the Redbridge club and were raising money for charity.
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