Marathon runners Colin Bunnett, Angela Hook, Sam Bristow, Shannen Greaves, Jason Loates and Brad Bedingfield pound the London streets to raise thousands for charity
PUBLISHED: 18:00 26 April 2017
Three generations of the same family were among the runners who successfully completed the London Marathon on Sunday.
Colin Bunnett from Oxwick, near Fakenham, his daughter Caroline Armes and grandaughters Carrie-Anne Armes and Laura-Mae Armes, all ran the 26-plus miles round the capital’s streets in aid of Age UK.
They wanted to thank the charity for its support after Mr Bunnett’s wife Elaine survived an emergency operation in November 2015.
The 74-year-old grandad finished first in five hours and 25 minutes, closely followed by his daughter and the grand-daugthers behind.
“It was my first marathon, and most definitely my last,” said Mr Bunnett, who has been a cyclist for many years and had been training for the race for a year. “There was a fantastic festival feeling all the way round though.”
The four have raised in excess of £5,000 for the charity.
Angela Hook from Dereham completed the London Marathon in five hours and nine minutes in aid of Epilepsy Action. The 46-year-old ran in support of her friend Alex, whose mum and cousin both have epilepsy. Both Angela and Alex belong to the National Association of Ladies Circle and are on course to raise more than £3,000 to support people living with epilepsy and their families all over the UK.
She said: “I’m thrilled to have completed the London Marathon for Epilepsy Action. The course was tough at times, but knowing I was running for such a fantastic cause really helped me focus on reaching the finish. The crowds cheering me on were brilliant.”
Xanthe Hopkinson, of Epilepsy Action, said: “Congratulations to Angela on such a fantastic achievement. The atmosphere on the day was electric and all of our runners have collectively helped us to raise more than £63,800 to support people with epilepsy. Their incredible efforts are hugely appreciated and mean we can continue to be there when people need us most.”
31-year-old Sam Bristow from Little Snoring ran the London Marathon in aid of Asthma UK.
As a teacher, he is very aware of how asthma can affect a child’s day-to-day life, and wanted to do something to show his pupils some support.
He said: “Running the London Marathon has been truly amazing experience. There were times along the way when I thought I might not make it, but thinking of all the amazing work the charity do really spurred me on to cross the finish line.”
Louise Thomas, head of events and community fundraising at Asthma UK, said: “We want to thank Sam and all of our runners for their hard work and dedication in taking on this challenge. We are largely funded by public donations, so it’s thanks to all of our generous fundraisers that Asthma UK is able to continue its vital work.”
Shannen Greaves, 23, from Shipdham ran for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and finished the course in four hours and 49 minutes. “Muscles are very sore but I enjoyed every minute,” she said afterwards. She has raised in excess of £1,700 so far. Miss Greaves works with vulnerable children and in a primary school and said the money raised will go to the charity to support children and young adults with life threatening illnesses/conditions. It will go towards food, extra rooms, extra equipment, days out, therapists, bereavement to support family members, care kits for children to take home or hours of care at the end of life in the family home or the hospice.
Jason Loates, owner of Wensum Lodge Hotel in Fakenham, ran for the NSPCC for the second year. He completed the race in three hours, 47 minutes, knocking a whole nine minutes off his time from last year.
So far he has raised just over £2,500 for the charity.
Brad Bedingfield, from Toftwood, ran the London Marathon for SUDEP Action, which carries out research into Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy and has raised over £2,000.