Town's marathon runners raise thousands for charitiesBy Becky Barnes
April 26, 2012
Thousands of pairs of trainers across the UK may be a little worse for wear after two big marathons in the past fortnight.
Runners from around the borough went seawards to the Brighton Marathon on April 15, and east to the London Marathon last Sunday.
Colin Doran, 49, chairman of 3rd Sandhurst Scouts, took just under five and a quarter hours to run his first full marathon in Brighton for Cancer Research UK.
Colin, pictured below, said: “I have done it. My finishers’ shirt says ‘There will be days you don’t think you can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime of knowing you have’ and I have.”
Colin raised £480 for Cancer Research, a charity that conducts research to try and save more people from the disease.
Also running in Brighton was a team of 14 who put their hearts and ‘soles’ into raising more than £5,000 for Thames Hospicecare.
One of the members of the team Michael Keen, 27, from Bracknell, was inspired to take part following the care his grandmother and her friend received at the hospice.
He said: “I am delighted to have completed the Brighton Marathon and raised £1,600 for the hospice.
“I saw the first-class nursing care of two people who were very dear to me, and I really wanted to give something back.”
Ascot’s Jonathan Hillary joined 35,000 runners at the London Marathon – and raised £3,400.
Jonathan crossed the finish line in five hours and four minutes for Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Jonathan said: “I did it. I feel really proud of myself and it’s a great feeling knowing that the money I helped to raise will be used to support disabled people in my local area and in other parts of the UK.”
Finishing the course in three hours and 40 minutes was David Dwyer, from Bracknell, who ran the 26.2-mile course to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Helping Drinkaware raise more than £7,000 was Bracknell businessman Henry Moran, 29, who completed the course in four hours 41 minutes. Henry said: “The Drinkaware team cheered us on and it was a wonderful experience despite my sore feet.”