Big effort pays off for runners

This Is Wiltshire: Coleen Simpkins, left, and Caroline Catt Coleen Simpkins, left, and Caroline Catt

RUNNERS across Wiltshire have warmed down, taken off their trainers and nursed their blistered feet after completing the 32nd London Marathon.

Many amateur runners spent months pounding the streets of Wiltshire in preparation, with several taking part for the first time.

Wickes delivery manager Dave Carroll, 26, completed the 26-mile course in four hours 13 minutes, to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research.

He said: “The atmosphere was amazing, with hundreds of people cheering you on, and that’s what keeps you going.”

Trowbridge College sports lecturer Coleen Simpkins, 32, raised more than £3,200 for Asthma UK, by completing the race in 4hrs 54mins.

She ran together with her running partner, Caroline Catt, 41, both dressed in tutus.

Ms Simpkins said: “It was a massive lift to have friends and family there on the day.

“We had so many messages of support and had lots of little girls lining the route, shouting for the fairies.”

Before the race started, a 30-second silence was held to honour those killed in last week’s Boston Marathon bombing.

Nick Savva, 39, of Chap-manslade, who completed the course in 4hrs 50mins in aid of Oxfam, said: “It was very moving to pay our respects to the people who lost their lives.”

Tim Jerrett, 31, of Warm-inster, raised more than £3,000 in sponsorship for Arthritis Care, in honour of his wife, Donna, who has the disease, and completed the race in 4hrs 18mins.

He said: “I did have a bit of a scare on Saturday, because my knee was playing up.

“I had to have an emergency massage and it was still touch and go when I got to the start line, but, once I warmed up, it was fine.

“I knew Donna and my step-daughter would be at the finish line, so that helped me keep going.”

Meanwhile, Ashley West, 21, of Speedwell Close, Melk-sham, completed the race in five hours five minutes, raising more than £2,000 for Cancer and Leukaemia charities.

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