Runners of all abilities from all over the Harborough district took on the London Marathon on Sunday to raise thousands of pounds for good causes.
The runners were blessed with glorious weather and were cheered on by friends and family as they paced out the 26.2 mile challenge.
Among those who completed the course were four women running for The Squires Effect charity set up in memory of North Kilworth woman Claire Squires who died near the finish of the London marathon two years ago.
One of the quartet, Beverley Felton, who finished in four hours and 18 minutes, said: “So far we have raised £4,425 between us and we would like to thank everyone who sponsored us.
“It was such a hot day – people were collapsing around us in the heat – it was very scary.”
Leanne Marshall completed the route in four hours and 29 minutes, Sharon Foxon in four hours and 48 minutes and Jenny Gilbert in five hours and ten minutes.
Claire Groenewald also got in touch to tell us about her marathon run in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.
She has raised £1,260 so far but is aiming to reach £2,000,
She said: “I ran it in four hours and 39 minutes.
“The crowds were amazing. They spurred me on all the way, so that I never stopped once.
“The whole experience was unforgettable and I am incredibly proud to have achieved a childhood ambition.”
Also taking part in the marathon was managing director of law firm Edward Hands and Lewis Paul Stubbs. He completed the marathon in 4hours 45minutes and is hopeful of raising £1350 for the National Blind Children’s Society.
One woman originally from the Lutterworth area was a part of a record-breaking attempt to complete the fastest marching band marathon in the world.
Laura Hounsome who plays the horn took part in the event on Sunday, where her and her fellow bandmates were raising money for the deaf and blind charity Sense during the record attempt.
Katherine Ellis who works as a beauty therapist at Reflections Beauty Therapy also took on the marathon on Sunday top raise funds for Arthritis Research UK as her grandfather suffered with the illness.
She was cheered on the day by family and friends including her sisters Rachel and Sarah who live in London.
Paul Milligan, a consultatnt in the motor trade, ran the marathon on Sunday to raise money for the National Autistic Society.
He said that some members of his family have autism and that his son is in the process of being diagnosed.
Paul Milligan, a consultant in the motor trade, said some members of his family have autism and his son is also going through the process of being diagnosed.
He also wore a Squires Effect vest for the run, to raise awareness of that local cause.
Dave Hemmington and Hannah Matts managed to complete the marathon, an even more impressive feat considering the fact that the soon to be newly-weds had to fit their training around the lambing season and plans for their wedding.
They ran the marathon to raise funds for The British Lung Foundation in memory of Dave’s mum Rosemary Hemmington who died last July of lung cancer aged 68.
Reece Maltby (36) from Harborough, ran the marathon in 4hr 9min. He raised more than £3,000 for the Downs Syndrome Association. He chose that charity as a daughter of one of his friends was born with Downs last year.