A capital day for marathon runners

PUBLISHED: 12:15 27 April 2006 | UPDATED: 10:03 06 May 2010

Russell McMillan

Russell McMillan

THERE are some aching muscles across Comet country this week after runners from the area tackled the gruelling Flora London Marathon last weekend. Among them was Russell McMillan, 44, from Hitchin Road, Shefford, who managed to complete the course despite

Jim Brown

THERE are some aching muscles across Comet country this week after runners from the area tackled the gruelling Flora London Marathon last weekend.

Among them was Russell McMillan, 44, from Hitchin Road, Shefford, who managed to complete the course despite having been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease two years ago.

Russell has limited mobility in his right side because of the disease and said he was "absolutely elated" to have got round the 26.2 mile course in 6h 4m.

Because Russell finds running so hard, his training had consisted of daily cycle rides and he admitted he was "really nervous" before Sunday's event.

Gary Fogden

However, he was adamant he would complete the course.

"I'm quite a determined person. I would have got round even if it was on my knees," he said.

Russell raised £400 for the Parkinson's Disease Society and would like to thank the landlady and customers of the Woolpack pub in Shefford and Mike, who trained with him every day.

Katie Brown, 20, from London Road, St Ippolyts, ran in aid of baby charity Tommy's, which her family has supported since her brother Tom was born nine weeks prematurely in November 1990.

Becky Kelly

Tom has now grown into a healthy teenager and over the past year Katie has raised over £2,300 for the charity.

Katie completed the course on Sunday in 4h 32m.

She said: "I thoroughly enjoyed the event, the atmosphere was amazing and helped me to run the entire way, although I am a little stiff now."

The family is continuing to support the charity and donations can be made via www.justgiving.com/katieb

Katie Brown

Other runners from Comet country included North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt, who ran in aid of Biggleswade Sea Cadets. Mr Burt took 4-43:15 to complete the course.

Grant Ramsey from Great Ashby raised £800 for Asthma UK, and completed the course in 2-37, a personal best.

Stevenage resident Chris Leigh ran for Garden House Hospice in Letchworth GC. He made it round in 3-56 and through a combination of sponsorship and match funding from his employer, Halifax Bank of Scotland, he has raised £1,100.

Luke Nicoli, 33, from Stevenage completed his first marathon in 3-43 and raised more than £1,000, which will be split between Sue Ryder Care and the London Air Ambulance. Luke ran in memory of his friends Shaun Edwards and Becky Nickolay, both from Stevenage, who died last year.

Mum-of-four Inga Hass, 42, from West View, Letchworth GC, completed the run in 5-08, along with running partner Jonathan Bailes. They ran in aid of Whizz-Kidz, a charity which provides customised wheelchairs and tricycles for disabled children, and have raised £2,000 between them.

Disability charity Leonard Cheshire was the recipient of Stevenage resident Gary Fogden's fundraising efforts. Gary completed the course in 5-17, raising £1,200.

Becky Kelly, 29, from Stevenage, completed the first of two marathons she will participate in this year in 5-21. Becky was raising money for Keech Cottage Hospice in Luton. She has raised £545 so far and hopes to add to this when she runs the Edinburgh Marathon in June.

Wayne Bell, from Silverbirch Avenue, Stotfold, achieved a personal best of 2-52:37 in his fifth marathon.

Former Hitchin rugby player Iain Lewis from Balmoral Road, Hitchin, ran his sixth marathon on Sunday in his second-fastest time of 3-25:53. Iain was running for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Sandy pair Andy Hindhaugh and Nick Harper ran as Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble respectively. They completed the course in 6-17. Andy raised £1,500 for the National Autistic Society and Nick over £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

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