Runners from the Grantham area are recovering from the London Marathon and raising thousands of pounds for charity.
Julie Stewart and Trudy Hanson, both members of Grantham Athletic Club, decided to run the marathon to celebrate their 50th birthdays. Julie ran for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of her stepfather Terry Bailey. So far she has raised £1,650 and says she is overwhelmed by the generosity of all her friends, family and patients at the Dental Health Centre in Avenue Road where she works. She is pleased with her time of 3:59:28 because she tore her calf muscle seven weeks prior to the marathon and wasn’t sure if she would actually run.
You can still donate at Julie’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Julie-Stewart8.
Trudy ran for Bowel Cancer due to a family member and two close friends suffering from the disease but all have survived and have sponsored her. She is very pleased with a time of 4:53:32.
Trudy has so far raised £1,400 and you can still make a donation by visiting www.justgiving.com/Trudy-Hanson.
She thanked her sponsors and expecially husband Jerry who got her out of bed in the mornings for training.
Penny Hedley Lewis ran a time of 4:20. Penny, of Corby Glen, who hopes to raise £3,000 was a little disappointed not to get close to her best time of 4:03:59 in 2012. The president of the Lincolnshire branch of the Red Cross was running in her ninth London marathon.
Penny said: “I had hoped to get under 4:15 but you have to be thankful you are there and you are not injured. It was a great day and great weather for everyone. It was a brilliant atmosphere. It was fantastic with 200m to go up the Mall.” Penny’s donations page is at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PennyHedleyLewis-1
David Smith, 40, from Grantham, ran a time of 4.09. It was his second London marathon.
He said: “Using the experience from my debut in 2013 I had a really good race and was able to finish strongly. Training has been hard, however the family have been really supportive.” David ran on behalf of MacMillan cancer support.
Jenny Mattison, of Cliffe Road, Grantham, completed her first London Marathon in a time of 4hrs 53mins. She only started running six months ago. She said: “I would like to thank my family for their support during all my training, as this would not have been possible without them. A big thank you to ASDA for letting me hold a tombola which I raised £155 from and to everyone who has given me huge support and so very kindly sponsored me. I’ve raised just over £2500 for The Guide Dogs, but the total is rising as people keep giving me money!” His donations page is at www.just
Julie McKie ran her third London Marathon and knocked a massive 50 minutes off her previous personal best time, crossing the finish in 4:34:27. She is raising money for Against Breast Cancer and so far has raised £1,900 which brings her total raised for charity through running events to over £8,000 in the past four years. She said: “I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me and supported my bag packing events at Morrisons and Asda over the past few months.”
Simon Minnican, whose wife Tammy (nee Shaw) is from Grantham, ran for SCOPE which helped them when they found out that their son Ollie had cerebral palsy.
Simon said: “Collecting my medal was one of the proudest moments of my life”. He completed the 26.2-mile course in 6:16:46. So far he has raised over £1,200 but donations can continue until mid-May at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/minnican