Runners put in marathon effort in London

Robert Gray completed the London Marathon for Children with Cancer
Robert Gray completed the London Marathon for Children with Cancer

AFTER pounding the streets of London for 26 miles on Sunday, these marathon men could be forgiven for having a bit of a rest this week – especially as they raised thousands of pounds for charity with their efforts.

Boston men David Hill, Spencer Kirk and Robert Gray all raised at least £1,000 for their chosen charities by taking part in the race, and both said they enjoyed every moment of the experience.

Spencer Kirk ran the London Marathon for Mencap

Spencer Kirk ran the London Marathon for Mencap

David, of Skirbeck Gardens, has so far collected around £1,600 for the British Heart Foundation, which he decided to support after his son developed a life-threatening heart condition several years ago.

The 51-year-old, who ran the route through the capital dressed in a giant heart suit, told The Standard: “It was a bit difficult. I needed a bit more room and everybody kept bumping into me, but it was brilliant. The atmosphere was incredible.”

It was the fourth time that David had taken part in the marathon.

For fellow Bostonian Robert Gray, 36, it was a new experience. Despite having taken part in a charity run every year for the last decade, this was the first time he had tackled the London route – however he still completed the race in under five hours.

Robert (pictured left), of Leverett Road, said: “The atmosphere was brilliant. It was hard going but the big crowds and all the support was amazing.”

The father-of-two raised around £1,000 for the charity Children with Cancer, saying he would not have been able to do it without the help of his colleagues at Bakkavor Pizza, and Holy Trinity Church in Boston, as well as family and friends.

Boston postman Spencer Kirk (pictured above), managed to raise £2,200 for learning disability charity Mencap by running on Sunday. It was the first time he had taken part in the race.