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.
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.