Huddersfield runners complete London Marathon
HUDDERSFIELD runners pounded the streets of the capital yesterday to raise money – and some became record breakers.
People from across the town were among the 36,500 competitors in this year’s London Marathon.
Birkby couple Ian Black, 52, and his wife Becky, who was 53 yesterday, helped set a new world record alongside their son Tom, 26.
The three were part of a 48-person centipede which made its way round the route to raise £100,000 for disability charity Scope.
Ian said: “There were 47 of us and the previous record was 34 so we smashed it. The time was 5 hours and 52 minutes and three people ended up with minor niggles and injuries but we all managed to stay in time throughout the route despite the heat. Other runners were flaking out.’’
Kirkburton man Martin Brown, 39, ran in aid of Whizz-Kids, a charity which provides wheelchairs for children, and Cerebra, which works with youngsters who have brain injuries.
His three-year-old daughter Isabella has cerebral palsy.
Martin completed the 26.2-mile course in 4hr 13min.
“I feel absolutely shattered,” he said. “I think every bone in my body aches but I’m really elated to have got the medal for finishing.
“There were a few moments when I had to stop and walk but there was never a point when I thought I wasn’t going to make it.
“I thought about all the people who had sponsored me so it never crossed my mind that I wouldn’t finish.”
Nineteen members of the University of Huddersfield’s Marching Band completed the marathon – while playing their instruments.
The students raised money for the charity Sense, which works with deaf and blind people.
Grace Caldwell was part of the band which finished in 7hr 58min.
She said: “It went really well, the last six miles were tough but it feels incredible to have finished. We all ache a lot but we’re okay.
“We were playing a lot of cheesy classics like It’s a Long Way to Tipperary. The Great Escape was a favourite with the crowd.
“Everyone was cheering us on and marching along with us which was cool.”
Former Town player Kieran O’Regan also took on the gruelling 26-mile route yesterday.
Meltham woman Wendy Sykes, 51, ran in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research.
David Elliott, from Shepley, aims to run 12 marathons, including London, in just six months.
He hopes to raise at least £20,000 for children’s charity Dreams Come True.
Mandy O’Malley, 38, from Golcar, ran in aid of homeless charity Shelter.
In the elite race, Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai set a new course record as he won in 2hr 4min 39sec.
His compatriot Mary Keitany was the fastest woman, finishing in 2hr 17min 19sec.
Famous faces among the thousands of runners yesterday included models Nell McAndrew, Agyness Deyn and Elen Rivas; Olympic rower James Cracknell and former footballer Dwight Yorke.