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Dozens of Redbridge runners raise thousands for charity in 2013 London Marathon

PUBLISHED: 17:26 22 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:42 23 April 2013

General view of the finish area during the Virgin London Marathon in London.

General view of the finish area during the Virgin London Marathon in London.

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Dozens of runners who live and work in Redbridge crossed the finishing line of the 2013 London Marathon yesterday.

Gary Donald competes in the 2013 London Marathon. Photo: Phil AylenGary Donald competes in the 2013 London Marathon. Photo: Phil Aylen

First-time runners joined seasoned racers on foot and on wheels on the gruelling 26.2 mile course from Blackheath to Buckingham Palace.

More than 700,000 spectators and 34,631 runners defied fears after last week’s Boston Marathon bombings to turn out for the event.

A 30 second silence was held before the start of the race to remember the victims and marathon runners wore black ribbons and armbands in remembrance.

Redbridge running group Sikhs in the City also carried a banner with emblazoned with the words “Sikhs” and “Boston”.

Members of Sikhs in the City remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings at the London Marathon 2013.Members of Sikhs in the City remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings at the London Marathon 2013.

The 10 competitors finished in times between 4h 44min and 5h 19min but were without their most famous member - record-breaking Fauja Singh.

Mr Singh, who at 101 was believed to be the world’s oldest marathon runner, completed his last London Marathon last year.

Wheelchair racer Gary Donald, 58, of South Woodford, said he felt like a “baby” compared to Mr Singh but completed his first marathon in just 2h 49min.

He was fundraising for the Velocity Wheelchair Racing Club, which loaned him a racing wheelchair for the day.

Kealan McGuigan with Philippa Cartwright and Katie Stocks from Epilepsy ActionKealan McGuigan with Philippa Cartwright and Katie Stocks from Epilepsy Action

Multiple sclerosis sufferer Asad Muzammel ran the marathon as part of a series of incredible endurance events this year for the MS Society.

A Barkingside man ran his first marathon in the memory of a close friend who died last year.

Kealan McGuigan, 23, raised £3,600 for Epilepsy Action after Richard Clark died as a result of the condition aged just 22 last year.

Jaimie Sinclair, 33, of Taunton Close, Hainault, ran for the Lymphoma Association because his friend’s wife had the cancer. He took her place after she became pregnant.

Eve Conway-Ghazi, the district governor of the Rotary Club in London and one of our Young Citizen judges, is on the way to her fundraising goal of £3,000 after finishing the marathon in 7h 41min.

Stephen Kenley, 27, raised £1,600 for The Children’s Society and Woodford Green runner Peter French, 47, set a personal best while fundraising for Catholic aid agency CAFOD.

Parvin Rahman ran for Age UK and Youth Net, while Natalie Silverstone chose the National Autistic Society and Antony Leckerman, 49, of Clayhall, ran the marathon for Guide Dogs UK.

It was the 18th marathon for seasoned runner Mike Wilson, who competed for Great Ormond Street.

Did we miss anyone out? If you or a friend from Redbridge ran the marathon, send details and photos to lizzie.dearden@archant.co.uk.


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