Marathon effort by our fantastic runners

London Marathon runners from Comet country are basking in the glow of their efforts this week, as well as nursing sore limbs and blisters.

Having run their socks off for good causes in 20 degree heat on Sunday, they have been taking a well-earned rest and reflecting on their personal and charitable achievements.

Tom Galvin, an assistant sports and fitness manager at Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre, who is the son of Tottenham and Ireland footballer Tony Galvin, finished in three hours and 41 minutes. He said he was delighted to have run for Stevenage Community Trust after three years of unsuccessful entries.

“Having spent the majority of my adult life in the North Herts area it was a great honour to be representing such a well-known charity for the local area.

“I am regularly advising people and ensuring they are on the right path to hitting their goals, so it now seem strange that I’ve actually competed in something that has always been a goal of mine.”


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Mark Bennett, from Stevenage who finished in four hours and 40 minutes, also raised money for the trust as well as Hertfordshire Community Foundation. He thanked everyone who sponsored and supported him through his training and on the day.

Between them, the duo raised over �3,000 for the trust.

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Wayne Bell of Stotfold was one of the first 200 to cross the finish line on Pall Mall.

The 33-year-old, who is not affiliated to a running club, finished in 188th place out of 36,500 runners in his eighth London Marathon. His finish time in 2 hours, 41 minutes qualifies him for a championship entry place in next year’s race to compete in the elite runners category.

He raised �275 for the Hertfordshire branch of brain injury charity Headway.

Blooming marvellous Fairlands Valley Spartan Runner Jo Laing from Knebworth got to the finish in a record time for a flower. Her finish of three hours and six minutes guarantees her a place in next year’s race.

She was supporting Alzheimer’s Association.

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