Runners from across East Anglia raise thousands of pounds for good causes at London Marathon
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Runners from across East Anglia have helped raise thousands of pounds for various good causes at this year's London Marathon.
More than 39,000 people lined up for the 26.2-mile course yesterday, with hundreds of runners taking part from our region.
· Norwich Cathedral's master of music has raised more than £12,838 for London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Ashley Grote, 33, of Norwich, completed the race in three hours and 42 minutes. The hospital cared for his young daughter after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour in June 2014.
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· Steve Nichols, 47 from Spixworth, has raised £2,000 in memory of his friend, Paul Dye who was killed in a cycling accident. He completed the race in four hours and 29 minutes. The money will go towards the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
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· EDP sports journalist and Mustard TV presenter Michael Bailey completed his first marathon in four hours and 29 minutes.
The 35-year-old, who said he had always wanted to take on the challenge since being a school boy, expects to have raised around £3,000 for Alzheimer's Research UK.
· Annie Joyce, from Wymondham, turned heads after completing the race dressed as a dragon.
The 44-year-old, who is a trustee for the children's charity Break, has raised more than £900 for the organisation.
She finished with a time of five hours and 26 minutes.
Also running for Break was Neil McDonald, who completed the race in three hours 50 minutes, Rowan Glennie, in four hours 35 minutes, and Will Mullen in four hours and 42 minutes.
· Sally Juby, of Dereham ran in memory of her uncle, Mel Holman, who was the lead singer in the band Second Opinion. The 33-year-old, who raised money for the Papworth Hospital Charity, completed the marathon in four hours and 13 minutes.
· A mother of two, from Woodton, who is in remission from breast cancer, has raised £1,300 for Children with Cancer UK. Rebecca Mayhew, 37, finished the marathon in five hours and six minutes – shaving off 16 minutes from last year's time.
· Craig Stammers took part in the race for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust after his daughter was diagnosed with the condition at three-week's old. The 35-year-old, of Halesworth, has raised £5,000 for the charity and finished the race in three hours and 38 minutes.
· Despite tripping on a bottle at just the sixth mile, Clementine Ardley-Forder, from Stuston, near Diss, still completed the marathon.
The 24-year-old was running for the Children's Liver Disease Foundation and completed the race in five hours and 59 minutes.
· Katy Walker, 25, from Old Buckenham, ran the marathon in four hours 48 minutes beating her previous time. The rehab therapist, was running for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, a favourite cause of her grandfather's, who died eight years ago.
· Marathon midwives Georgia Hegarty, from Pulham Market, and Lou Read, from Wymondham, have both completed their first marathon.
The former colleagues at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital were running for Cystic Fibrosis Trust a charity which is close to both their hearts.
Mrs Hegarty, 50, finished in 5hours 30 minutes.
· Sheila Oxtoby, chief executive of North Norfolk District Council, finished the race in three hours and 26 minutes. She was taking part in the marathon for the second successive year.
· Taking part in the marathon proved the perfect way to celebrate her 30th birthday for Jessica Sanderson.
The mum of one, from Alby near Cromer, had enough energy left for a party with friends and family after finishing in a time of four hours and 33 minutes.
Running in memory of mum Annie, she has so far raised almost £3,500 for Heart Research UK.
· North Walsham runner John Silk crossed the finishing line in a shade over four hours. Mr Silk, 36, was inspired to undertake the marathon in memory of his friend, Gary Foulser, who died last year from cancer aged 54. He has raised £2,400 for the Cancer Treatment and Research Trust.
· Sarah Partridge, 59, of King's Lynn, finished the marathon in four hours and 33 minutes, in support of The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House. Her friend Jane Ashby, 68, of Clenchwarton, ran as part of the Ryston Runners, based in Downham Market and King's Lynn.
· David Grimes, 47, and Steven Franklin, 37, both of King's Lynn ran to raise money for The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House. Mr Grimes, who finished in four hours 45 minutes, said: 'It was quite emotional for me at 23 miles because I found my wife and son and had a quick kiss and a cuddle.'