Gallery: EADT's Craig among marathon success stories

SCORES of runners from across Suffolk and Essex took part in yesterday's marathon to raise money for good causes.

SCORES of runners from across Suffolk and Essex took part in yesterday's marathon to raise money for good causes.

Competitors on the gruelling 26.2mile course set out in warm conditions and soaked up the atmosphere at the nation's favourite race.

East Anglian Daily Times reporter Craig Robinson was among them, and finished the marathon in four hours 20 minutes. He said the backing of the crowds had really drove him on to meet his target time.

He described the experience as “amazing” and said: “Around Canary Wharf I began to really feel it but my friends were there, shouting my name, and gave me a real boost. The last 800m was the longest 800m I have ever run!”

He added: “I just want to thank our readers for helping me to raise more than �2,000 for St Elizabeth Hospice and their generosity will go straight into helping people and families cope with terminal illnesses.

“More donations are still welcome too and the details can be found on my blog on the East Anglian website.”

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Meanwhile, plodding along behind the elite runners, celebrity spotters may have caught a glimpse of glamorous couple Katie Price and Peter Andre as they made it round the course together, or fiery TV chef Gordon Ramsay, who competed in his 10th marathon in a row.

The course began at Greenwich Park and took our resilient runners around Docklands to the City and across the finishing line on the Mall.

Father and son team Rob and Daniel Case raised more than �3,000 for The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

The charity provides care and support for people like two-year-old Rubi Case, Daniel's younger sister, who was born seven weeks premature and diagnosed with congenital muscular dystrophy.

Mr Case and his 19-year-old son, from Meadowlands, Kirton, finished the marathon together in 4 hours 36 minutes and 54 seconds. Mr Case said: “We were a bit sore after the run. We took longer than we had hoped but managed to cross the line together.

“We had to walk for a while after 18 miles but made sure we jogged for the final stretch.”

Karen Mills, 51, of Long Perry, Capel St Mary, was joined by 22-year-old daughter Cathryn, son-in-law Andrew Johnson, 23, and her sister's fianc� Tony Johnson, 40.

The four of them have so far raised �2,000 for Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA).

Mrs Mills, deputy head at Halifax Primary School in Ipswich, whose 20-year-old daughter Hannah is registered partially sighted, said: “Cathryn picked up a knee injury at the 15 mile mark so she and I had to walk most of the way after that.

“At one point she needed treatment but I lent her one of my knee supports and we power walked the rest of the way.

“It was very hot but we had a brilliant day.”

Mrs Mills and her daughter got round in just over six hours, with Tony coming in at 4hrs 48mins and Andrew finishing in 4hrs 51mins.

Nathan Cook, 24, from Ipswich, raised �1,535 for veterinary charity PDSA.

He crossed the finish line in a time of 4hours 24mins. “It was really hot but not too much of a problem because the atmosphere kept me going.

“It got difficult after about 20 miles but the spectators were really good and I knew that my mum and girlfriend were waiting for me at the 25 mile mark.”

- Let us know about your marathon success stories by posting a comment below or e-mailing us at news@eadt.co.uk. And check this website over the next couple of days for Craig's marathon video diary.