After hours of training, runners from across the area laced up their running shoes to tackles the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday. Here is a round up of just a few who were brave enough to tackle the 26.2 mile course around the capital for charity.
Windsor: The run was ‘tinged with sadness’ for Matthew Tickle, of Bradshaw Close, who smashed his fundraising target on Sunday.
The 47-year-old completed the marathon in 3:46, a few minutes outside his personal best.
Matthew raised more than £2,000 for chosen charity Christian Aid.
He said: “It was a good day but the whole day will be tinged with sadness as I saw the chap who died being treated by the side of the road.
“A shocking sight, but it was clear he had paramedics trying to save him.
“I was running with a friend and we ran along and prayed f or that runner, his loved ones and the medics working on him.”
Eton: First time marathon runner Emily Burrows said she would think about trying the race again after her legs have recovered.
The 27-year-old said she was pleased with her time of 4:47.
Emily, of Willow Brook, said: “It was a bit of an effort towards the end.
“The best bit was the crowds, like around Tower Bridge.
When asked if she would think about taking on her second marathon she said: “Potentially, maybe once my legs have recovered. Stairs are a bit of a struggle at the moment.”
She was fundraising for Imperial College Healthcare where she works in the finance department.
Her original target was £500 but she raised more than £1,500.
Cippenham: The training paid off for Terry Adlam who ran the London Marathon after a break of nearly 30 years.
He completed the run in 4:54 a time he was ‘very very pleased’, after his last marathon in 1987.
He said: “It was a fantastic day and the crowds were absolutely brilliant.
“I always remember enjoying it back in ‘87 there were much bigger crowds this time.”
He added that ‘amazingly’ he didn’t suffer from sore legs after the race and is going to enter the ballot to race in next year’s marathon.
He has surpassed his £1,500 target for eating disorder charity Beat, chosen in support of 18-year-old daughter Claudia who is recovering from anorexia.
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