‘It was brilliant’ - Region’s runners cross the London marathon finish line
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Runners from across our region will be spending a few days taking it easy after crossing the finishing line of the gruelling London Marathon.
Athletes from across the area travelled to London for the big day on Sunday, which saw 40,382 runners - a record figure - take part.
They included Len Cousens, 73, who this year completed his 37th consecutive London Marathon - every year since the race began.
It was, as it has been for much of the 37, in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Mr Cousens, who lives near Lowestoft, said: 'It was tough going at times and very hot - but I enjoyed it as much as I could.'
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He said he couldn't explain why he kept signing up, adding that 'it's just something that grows on you'.
Meanwhile, Claire and Adam Beckett, from Norwich Road in Stoke Holy Cross, completed their first London Marathon in aid of the Dogs Trust.
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Mrs Beckett, who said the pair are nearing the £3,000 fundraising mark, said: 'It was brilliant - I absolutely loved it. I couldn't fault it.
'It was a bit hotter than we expected, but it was really great. There's not really one section where there aren't people there cheering you on, which really does spur you on.'
Richard Dade, from Wymondham, was another local runner who completed the course, with a time of just over three hours and 40 minutes.
While the 47-year-old, who ran his first London Marathon 12 years ago, said he was disappointed with the time, he said the support from spectators lining the streets was 'really great'.
At last check, he said, he'd managed to raise £2,600 for CLIC Sargent, a children and young person's cancer charity.
Other local runners included Simon Alexander, from Norwich, who ran in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, and Helen Lloyd, from Welborne, who also ran for Prostate Cancer UK the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital urology ward.
Beverley Sneezum, 49, ran her course in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
Hellesdon woman Julia Snowling, 39, raised over £2,500 for the Alzheimer's Society after completing the marathon in six hours 37 minutes.
It was the first time she had completed the marathon.
She said: 'I loved it. It was the best street party ever.'
A Cromer police officer raised just over £2,700 for Dementia UK after completing her first marathon.
Anna Howman, 36, who lives in North Walsham, ran the 26.2-mile course in five hours 32 minutes.
She said: 'I'm so very proud of myself for how far I've come, when I started training last year I couldn't even run a mile. To actually finish on Sunday and in a decent time too felt incredibly fantastic despite being in a lot of pain.'
Bank worker and mother-of-two, Anne-Marie Chilvers, from Colkirk, ran the London Marathon in just over five hours seven minutes.
She completed the challenge in aid of Break children's charity and raised £3,762.
Norwich graphic designer Owen Mathers finished the marathon in four hours 55 minutes in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, Dementia UK and national mental health campaign Heads Together.
Mr Mathers, 36, of Glebe Road, described the days as 'amazing'.
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