Amaz­ing day for run­ners and char­i­ties

A record num­ber of com­peti­tors took part in last Sun­day’s Lon­don Marathon. Or­gan­is­ers said 40,382 peo­ple were on the gru­elling 26.2-mile run, 1,242 more than last year’s record high. Ash­ford saw a surge of gen­eros­ity and sup­port for char­ity with scores of

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Ash­ford Tri Club mem­ber Mark Whit­ting­ham suc­cess­fully com­pleted the marathon for cho­sen char­ity, Home-Start Ash­ford & Dis­trict, which of­fers friend­ship and sup­port to fam­i­lies in the bor­ough through its home-vis­it­ing ser­vice.

Mark said: “I chose them as they do amaz­ing work both with home vis­its and groups. This is a char­ity well worth sup­port­ing and I have per­son­ally ben­e­fit­ted from their ‘Chill With Dad’ group which is open to dads and male car­ers with chil­dren un­der eight and runs two ac­tiv­i­ties each month for fam­i­lies.

“I’m grate­ful to Ash­ford Tri Club for giv­ing me their al­lo­cated space for the marathon. I had a won­der­ful day and thor­oughly en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence. I will trea­sure my medal.”

To sup­port Mark visit www. my­do­

James Kemp, a 40-year-old bar­ris­ters clerk from Sha­dox­hurst fin­ished the race in 3hrs 48mins, rais­ing over £3,200 for The Lon­don Le­gal Sup­port Trust (LLST) and over £1,200 for Cancer Re­search and the Pil­grims Hospice.

The LLST pro­vides ac­cess to jus­tice for the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in so­ci­ety who can­not af­ford le­gal ad­vice.

He said: “The marathon has been on my bucket list since I started run­ning about seven years ago. It seems ap­pro­pri­ate to raise money for Cancer Re­search in mem­ory of my late friend and in mem­ory of all the peo­ple who have lost their lives to this ter­ri­ble dis­ease.

“I am also rais­ing money for Pil­grims Hos­pices too who are amaz­ing at pro­vid­ing spe­cial­ist end of life care.

“Af­ter try­ing to get a bal­lot place in the Lon­don Marathon for the past seven years, I fi­nally got my chance through The Lon­don Le­gal Sup­port Trust Char­ity and it was all I imag­ined it would be and more, the crowd, the run­ners, the or­gan­is­ers, ev­ery­one in­volved were all truly amaz­ing. A fan­tas­tic day I will never for­get.”

To spon­sor James visit his page on Vir­gin Money Giv­ing

Lewisham Fire Sta­tion Watch Man­ager Daniel Capon com­pleted his fifth Lon­don Marathon – rais­ing over £1,000 for the Make-A-Wish chil­dren’s char­ity.

Wear­ing a full fire gear and his breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus set he fin­ished in a time of 6hrs 5mins.

He said: “It was a tough, emo­tional and amaz­ing day that was made ex­tra spe­cial due to the sup­port re­ceived whilst run­ning.”

To spon­sor Daniel visit his JustGiv­ing page

Neil Buck­ley, 46, from Ald­ing­ton fin­ished in 4hrs 19mins 33secs in aid of Sap­per Sup­port, rais­ing over £751 on­line.

Sap­per Sup­port is the only 24/7 post-trau­matic stress disor­der (PTSD) help line staffed solely by veterans. It gives emo­tional and phys­i­cal sup­port to suf­fer­ers of PTSD and other as­so­ci­ated men- tal health is­sues.

The ex-ser­vice­man said “Lon­don was very emo­tional. It was noth­ing like any of the marathons I’d ran be­fore. It was very emo­tional be­cause of how supportive the crowds were, es­pe­cially at the end when you’re look­ing back at Big Ben and all of the peo­ple that came to sup­port you.”

Neil re­cently com­pleted the Brighton Marathon and will also be run­ning the up­com­ing North Downs 50 mile ul­tra race. To spon­sor Neil visit his JustGiv­ing page

Louise Cassey, a PE teacher at Ash­ford’s High­worth Gram­mar School fin­ished in a time of 4hrs 55mins.

The teacher said: “I was pretty pleased with this as I was aim­ing for un­der five hours. I had a re­cur­ring in­jury dur­ing train­ing that meant I couldn’t do as much as I had hoped close to the event but did okay in the end.

“It was an in­cred­i­ble day to be in­volved in. The crowds are amaz­ing all the way round and def­i­nitely give you a lift when you need it most!”

Miss Cassey raised more than £3,000 for the blood cancer char­ity An­thony Nolan: “I chose to sup­port this char­ity as I know a cou­ple of peo­ple who they have helped with treat­ment for blood can­cers.

“It is also our Clara Schu­mann com­mu­nity char­ity at school so my fundrais­ing has in­volved a whole range of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud- ing non-uni­form days, craft and cake sales, a Christ­mas fair, fin­ish time sweep­stakes as well as gen­er­ous do­na­tions from my fam­ily and friends.”

To do­nate, visit uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ LouCassey

Sim­ply Ice Cream, the Bon­ning­ton based award-win­ning ice cream pro­ducer, sup­ported the marathon by spon­sor­ing le­gendary Olympian rower Ma­jor Heather Stan­ning MBE. The world’s num­ber one fe­male rower crossed the fin­ish line in just 3hrs 32min.

All money raised will go to the Kent-based char­ity Royal Bri­tish Le­gion In­dus­tries who sup­port veterans and those with dis­abil­i­ties into em­ploy­ment.

Her Vir­gin Money giv­ing page raised over £3,000 and will be live to re­ceive do­na­tions for the next few weeks.

For more in­for­ma­tion on other fundrais­ing for the char­ity visit www.heathermstan­

The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge and Prince Harry hand out medals to the fin­ish­ers

Neil Buck­ley

Heather Stan­ning

Mark Whit­ting­ham

James Kemp

Louise Cassey

Daniel Capon

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