Boston runners complete the London Marathon

John McGarel and Emma Beck.
John McGarel and Emma Beck.

Boston runners have been pounding the streets of the capital to take part in this year’s London Marathon.

And as well as collecting their medals for completing the gruelling course, they have also been raising cash for some great causes.

Spencer Kirk.

Spencer Kirk.

Spencer Kirk knocked 30 minutes off his personal best time to complete the 26-plus-miles route in 3 hrs 29 mins.

He raised around £500 for the Rainbows Trust, which offers support and care for families who have a seriously ill child.

Boston Town manager Lori Borbely completed his first-ever marathon in 4 hrs 08 mins, admitting he was ‘a little tired but feeling good’.

He also raised more than £1,400 for his chosen charity VICTA, which helps blind and partially-sighted children.

John McGarel was carrying an injury but still managed to run the course in 4 hrs 03 mins to raise around £2,500 for Cancer Research UK.

“I had all sorts of pain in my legs from around mile 21 and cramp in the hamstring at mile 25, but the end was in site so it wasn’t too demoralising,” said John, who completed the Boston Marathon last year.

“The atmosphere was amazing and I’d love to do it again.

“There was so much encouragement from the crowd and it was great to see people who had travelled to support us among the faces watching and cheering us on.”

John’s partner Emma, who ran her first marathon in Massachusetts last year, clocked 5 hrs 46 mins, improving on her previous 26-mile time.

“I felt fresh throughout and maintained a consistent pace,” she said.

“I was really pleased with my performance.

“The support from the crowd was overwhelming at times and made it quite emotional. It was surreal to be part of such a huge event.”

Emma, who is a trauma nurse at Pilgrim Hospital, raised around £2,000 for the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Charitable Fund.

Boston Grammar School’s head of sixth form Louise Brown completed the marathon in six-and-a-half hours - but she admitted she did stop off to talk to her family at various points.

Louise, who claims to be ‘rubbish’ at sport says that you should always attempt what you believe is impossible, a mantra she hopes will rub off on her students.

“I must admit I sprained my knee a few weeks ago and I was seriously worried that I could go the whole distance at all,” she said.

“So the time doesn’t matter really. It was a fantastic day – there were some brilliant fancy dresses, although I did run nearly all of the course alongside Big Bird from Sesame Street, and it was a bit confusing sometimes, wondering if the crowd were shouting for him or me.

“I think the most painful part was nearing the finish – Buckingham Palace on one side, and my 15-year-old daughter running along the pavement on the other side shouting ‘come on mum, run fatty run!’, knowing that the rest of the crowd would join in.”

So far, Louise has raised about £1,400 for Children with Cancer UK.

Martin Tebbs ran the marathon for the Shaw Trust, a national charity which supports disadvantaged people in finding work.

It is a charity close to his heart as his wife Sally is their regional operations manager.

Martin finished the course in a superb 3 hrs 27 mins and 26 sec, a personal best.

He also raised almost £1,300 for the charity with a couple of local events helping, including a quiz night and a gig at the Pilgrim Lounge.

“I would like to thanks everyone who has supported our marathon fundraising effort,” Martin said.

Bostonian Beckie Dawson ran the London Marathon in memory of her sister Lisa Almond, completing the course in 3 hrs 53 mins, a personal best.

She also raised an amazing £2,200 to help fight bowel cancer.