London Marathon heroes return to Royston with medals and smiles

The Khandel Light runners with their medals. Picture: Khandel Light

The Khandel Light runners with their medals. Picture: Khandel Light - Credit: Archant

London Marathon runners from Royston and the surrounding villages didn’t let the high temperatures stop them pounding the streets of the capital on Sunday for a variety of good causes.

Georgina Bowman with her medal. Picture: Courtesy of Georgina Bowman

Georgina Bowman with her medal. Picture: Courtesy of Georgina Bowman - Credit: Archant

Royston’s Georgina Bowman went the 26.2-mile distance for Outrigger Club UK in memory of friend and club founder Tim Osbourne, who passed away last year.

She crossed the finish line in 6hrs 12mins 41secs.

She told the Crow: “The marathon lived up to every expectation I had.

The Khandel Light runners. Picture: Khandel Light

The Khandel Light runners. Picture: Khandel Light - Credit: Archant

“My family were there to support me and gave me such a boost.


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“It was incredibly hot, and feel very proud to have completed the marathon when so many didn’t. I’ve raised more than £1,100 for Tim – a huge thank you to everyone who has donated.”

To add to her total, go to uk.gofundme.com/raqvde-london-marathon.

Richard Gough. Picture: Khandel Light

Richard Gough. Picture: Khandel Light - Credit: Archant

Runners from Barley charity Khandel Light were pleased to report that they made it round the course – and one even got a sub-four hour time.

Charity co-founder Bridget Gough clocked up a time of 5:28:00 – she said: “It was the hottest ever, I was just glad to get round.”

Her son Richard got a time of 3:55:32, and daughter-in-law Tash did it in 5:32:15.

William Jackson. Picture: Khandel Light

William Jackson. Picture: Khandel Light - Credit: Archant

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Tash said: “It was the hardest thing I have ever done.”

John Adamson ran in 04:10:46 and “really enjoyed it”, while William Jackson finished in 4:32:18.

To donate to Khandel Light, text KLJG40 £(add your amount in numbers) to 70070.

Craig McMurrough, centre, with pals raising money for Breast Cancer Now. Picture: courtesy of Craig

Craig McMurrough, centre, with pals raising money for Breast Cancer Now. Picture: courtesy of Craig McMurrough - Credit: Archant

Craig McMurrough went the distance in 7:40:55, raised £2,000 in buckets along the route with his group who all came together from different parts of the country – to raise cash for Breast Cancer Now.

He said: “By mile nine I was really struggling, and I thought I can let this kill me or I can have some fun, so we hit the pubs along the way, with karaoke singer and runner Graham Burns – and it was amazing. There was such great comraderie – we are all doing it for different people but the same cause.”

To sponsor Craig, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/craig-mcmurrough11.

Carrie Taylor with her medal. Picture: Carrie Taylor

Carrie Taylor with her medal. Picture: Carrie Taylor - Credit: Archant

Royston travel consultant Carrie Taylor ran in 5:43:34 for the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. She said: “It was really hard in the heat, the second half was pretty tough, but the atmosphere was amazing and and I’ve raised nearly £650 so far for ACT.”

To add to Carrie’s total go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CarrieLM2016.

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