Marathon runners from the Haverhill area are rewarded for their efforts

Tony Kelly after completing the 2014 Virgin London Marathon ANL-140414-112811005
Tony Kelly after completing the 2014 Virgin London Marathon ANL-140414-112811005

Runners from Haverhill and nearby villages have been reflecting on their experiences - and monies raised - after completing the London Marathon on Sunday.

Tony Kelly, from Linton, finished the marathon - his first - in a time of 4:26:27 and as the Echo went to print was confident of nudging his fund-raising for the Joliba Trust beyond £2,000.

Jean Newlands ANL-140404-092433001

Jean Newlands ANL-140404-092433001

He said: “It was tough in the heat but the wonderful crowds and the atmosphere got me round.

“Everything went according to plan for the first 15 miles and I was on course to get round in under four hours but I had nothing left in the tank.

“But I am still really happy to have completed my first marathon at the age of 52.”

Jean Newlands, 48, from Great Wratting finished in 4:40:13 and has raised more than £3,500 for St Nicholas Hospice Care, with donations still coming in.

Ryan Holder

Ryan Holder

Last Friday she also raised just over £600 at a coffee morning held in Withersfield, for which she thanked everyone who helped out or donated.

She added: “As for the marathon itself, I had an absolute ball. Although by some way a personal worst for me in terms of finishing time, certainly a PB in terms of the overall experience.

“Never before in a marathon have I sung along with a running karaoke singer, shimmied to the sounds of a steel band and received a welcome hug and kiss from my husband and children along the route. It was amazing.”

John Boxall ran to raise money for Save Babies Through Screening Foundation UK in memory of Kedington tot Phoebe Knibbs, a family friend, who died of the rare Krabbe Disease in February 2013 aged 21 months.

He has raised more than £4,500 and after finishing the race in 5:20:34, said: “I just really took my time running around enjoying the spectators and enjoying the day.

“It was just amazing. From an enjoyment point of view it was just the best ever.”

Personal trainer Ryan Holder, from Minster Road, Haverhill, completed the race in 5:20, raising more than £2,000 for Children with Cancer UK.

The 27-year-old LNB Personal Fitness trainer, who is based at Real Bodies Health and Fitness Gym, managed to complete the race despite some difficult circumstances.

He said: “I’ve still got money to collect. It’s going to be between £2,000 and £2,100 I have raised and that’s probably the best thing about any of it really, raising the money for charity.

“I had a knee problem for the last six weeks before the marathon so I couldn’t do any training in the run up. I was definitely pushing my luck doing the marathon but I was determined to do it.

“At 20 miles I hit the famous brick wall and the pain was terrible. I physically couldn’t run so I had to walk the last six miles.”