Norwich runners complete the Virgin London Marathon

Runners from across Norwich were among thousands who inspired millions today and completed the 32nd London marathon.

An estimated 37,500 fun runners, amateur athletes, celebrities and elite sportsmen and women took part in the Virgin London Marathon.

While the elite race was dominated by Kenya's Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany, runners from the city took their own bit of personal pride home.

Among those who completed the 26.2 mile course were brothers Alex, Jonathan and Duncan Scott.

The three brothers, who all grew up in Norwich, had been so touched by pioneering research their dad, rheumatologist Prof David Scott, has done over the years they decided to run in aid of Arthritis Research UK.


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First over the line was Duncan in three hours, 29 minutes and 12 seconds, then Alex in fours hours, 35 minutes and 41 seconds, and finally Jonathan in four hours, 50 minutes and 34 seconds.

Oldest brother Alex, 30, who lives in Rupert Street in the Golden Triangle, and works for Larking Gowen, said: 'It was a brilliant day. It was really nice weather as well, it was really sunny. We raised more than �6,000 which was really good.'

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Recognisable Norwich faces David McNally, Iwan Roberts and Paul McVeigh all completed the event in under four hours.

Norwich City chief executive Mr McNally, who was part of the Community Sports Foundation's fundraising team, Team Norwich City, achieved a personal best, completing his third marathon in three hours 40 minutes and 38 seconds - 12 minutes quicker than his previous best time.

Former Canaries striker Iwan Roberts, who was also in Team Norwich City, finished in three hours, 51 minutes and 24 seconds. He was closely followed by his former teammate Paul McVeigh who completed the distance in three hours 58 minutes and 16 seconds.

It was an emotional day for Jon Kelf. The 44-year-old's fifth marathon in 10 years proved to be his toughest yet after recovering from an operation to remove a tumour linked to the rare and incurable auto-immune disease Myasthenia Gravis (MG).

The engineer, who lives near Dereham Road and finished in four hours, 54 minutes and 30 seconds, said: 'It was fantastic. I was hoping to finish in under five hours and it was touch and go at one stage but I got a second wind and went for it in the last five or six miles.

'In some ways it was my hardest but most enjoyable. The atmosphere was superb and given what I've been through in the last two years, to finish is incredible. It was quite emotional really.'

Meanwhile, Iain Dempster completed the landmark-lined course while performing a dramatic reading from the works of Charles Dickens in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

The 61-year-old from St Stephens Road, Norwich, was dressed in the traditional attire of a Victorian gentleman as he helped mark the 200th anniversary.

He completed the marathon in seven hours, 41 minutes and 35 seconds. The retired teacher, who has previously run several marathons and has this time raised between �2,500 and �3,000, said: 'I had a great day. The crowds were just brilliant and incredibly supportive.

'I've not quite thought what to do next time.'

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