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Haverhill runners’ success at London Marathon

Vicky Marsh and Ryan Weaver ANL-150428-094914001
Vicky Marsh and Ryan Weaver ANL-150428-094914001

Local runners got their trainers on for charity on Sunday – raising money by running the London Marathon.

They raised cash for charities including St Nicholas Hospice Care and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Siobhan Dockerill and her dad Peter Rootes
Siobhan Dockerill and her dad Peter Rootes

A former GP was raising money to help remote mountain communities in Nepal, a cause made all the more poignant when a massive earthquake killed thousands in the region on Saturday

Retired Linton doctor, James Hewlett, 67, completed the marathon in four hours, 23 minutes. He raised almost £2,000 for PHASE Worldwide, which helps remote Nepalese villages gain access to health provisions.

“I’m a bit sore if I’m honest,” said Dr Hewlett afterwards. “The villages up there are devastated.

“The money we raised will be of particular use to them.”

Dr James Hewlett
Dr James Hewlett

Haverhill actress, Charlotte Hunter-Billson, 34, completed the course in just under five hours.

She raised more than £3,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Charlotte’s brother, Stewart, died from the condition when he was 19.

“A lot of people told me about how amazing the atmosphere is,” said Charlotte. “It was awesome. I’ve definitely been bitten by the running bug, I can’t wait to do it again.”

Former Echo reporter, Jack Tappin, finished the race in four hours, 38 minutes. He has raised more than £2,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Charlotte Hunter-Billson
Charlotte Hunter-Billson

Student midwife, Vicky Marsh, finished in a time of four hours, 47 minutes and raised £1.822 for Lupus UK.

She said: “This was my first ever marathon so I didn’t really know what to expect. The experience has been absolutely fantastic and the support from the crowds was out of this world.”

Siobhan Dockerill, 27, beat her £2,000 fund raising target for the British Heart Foundation. She chose the charity because her father, Peter Rootes, and her friend’s daughter, Dotti Allard, suffered heart problems. She finished with a time of three hours, 43 minutes.

“I felt comfortable and strong,” she said. “There was lots of support from the crowd. I’ll definitely apply again next year.”

Jo Rosenwold finished the race in just over five hours. She has raised more than £3,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Trust Care.

“It’s nice to support local charities,” she said. “You get to see where your money’s being spent.”

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