Local heroes conquer Marathon

Tracy Gostelow and her dad Peter Cotton completed the London Marathon 2016. UYPgXG_pkUMjRJw3mznI

Tracy Gostelow and her dad Peter Cotton completed the London Marathon 2016. UYPgXG_pkUMjRJw3mznI

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Three local fundraisers have together raised more than £10,000 for good causes after completing the prestigious London Marathon on Sunday.

Lacey Gardens Junior School teacher Tracy Gostelow and her retired father, Pete Cotton, ran the Marathon together to raise money for The Lullaby Trust in memory of her Tracy’s sister who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome when she was 
just 13 weeks old.

Emma Coffey completing the London Marathon. ANL-160426-115513001

Emma Coffey completing the London Marathon. ANL-160426-115513001

The pair raised have raised over £4,200 for the charity, which promotes safer sleep for babies, provides advice to new parents, 
and supports bereaved 
family members.

Tracy said: “The marathon was another amazing experience, 
with overwhelming support 
from the crowds. I suppose it was also ‘perfect’ conditions, although I do seem to 
have returned with random sun tan lines.

“Despite the mass of runners - and a trip to St. John’s Ambulance at mile 19 with Dad’s dodgy and painful knee - we are delighted to have completed the 
London Marathon together.

“Dad’s aim was to finish within six hours; mission accomplished with a chip 
time of 5:54. My aim was to finish with him; mission accomplished in a chip time of 5:42. I was certainly 
very proud.

“We’d very much like to thank our family and friends who have supported 
us in this challenge.”

Another local runner, Emma Coffey from Alford, has raised over £3,800 for the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, in support of her sister Sophie who is winning her battle against leukaemia.

Emma told the Leader: “It was really surreal, and it’s 
still not quite sunk in yet.

“When you’ve worked so hard, and you see all the other charity runners who have also worked so hard, you feel 
quite proud and humbled.”

Emma was pleased to complete the Marathon in 
just 4 hours 43 minutes, and would like to thank all 
her supportive friends, relatives and clients who have donated to the charity and motivated her along the way.

“It was a bit nerve-wracking at the beginning, and emotion plays a big part on the day, but I never gave up and I kept running the whole time - it has inspired me to run it again 
for Anthony Nolan next year!”

Prolific fundraiser and Louth Co-Op employee Wayne Bateman also ran the Marathon in support of the company’s chosen charity ,
The British Red Cross, in their bid to tackle 
loneliness in the UK.

Despite battling injury, Wayne crossed the finish line in just 6 hours 21 minutes, and has raised 
more than £3,000 so far.