A HOTEL supervisor ran last month’s Virgin London Marathon for her sister, who has been missing for more than two years.
Rachael Coriam, who works at the Doubletree by Hilton in Hoole, ran the 26.2 mile challenge for her sister Rebecca who went missing off a Disney cruise ship in March 2011, aged 24.
Rachael, 27, said: “Bex always used to say she will run the London Marathon to raise funds for a charity. So I thought: ‘I will run it for her!’”
Rachael ran with hotel colleagues Robyn Wainwright, Kirsty Davies, and Scott Davies to raise cash for The Hilton in the Community Foundation, which is committed to supporting young people to have a brighter future.
She said: “I was injured at 20 miles but determined to finish even if it did mean hobbling!
“I managed to get round in just under five hours and the crowds including friends and family really helped. It was an awesome day – thanks London!”
Neil Badge, of Broughton, ran to raise funds for the Countess of Chester Hospital’s Babygrow Appeal, to build a new neonatal unit. His son Dominic received treatment there in July 2011, when he was born more than six weeks prematurely.
Neil said: “Dominic received much needed help and treatment from the neonatal team when he was first born and for the first two or three weeks staying in hospital.
“He is now a very strong, healthy little boy who loves the outdoors and his favourite thing is his blue trike!
“Running the London Marathon was my way of saying a big thank you.”
Another Chester runner Mary Jones, 33, completed her marathon run in six hours and 34 minutes for the Bliss charity for premature and special care babies.
She said: “It was the most amazing but yet challenging experience of my life.”
The capital’s sunshine on Sunday, April 20, was hot stuff for Mickle Trafford runner Sarah Evans.
Finishing the course in four hours and 40 minutes, she said: “The heat proved to be a bit of a challenge, especially after we’ve been training in sub-zero temperatures for the past few months!
“The support from all the spectators is out of this world – from people handing out jelly babies, oranges and bananas to the runners, to all the kids wanting you to ‘high five’ their hands as you walk past.
Sarah’s highlight was seeing her fiancé Steve Hughes at the 13 mile and 22 mile points, holding a huge banner with her name on it.
She said: “It was just the boost I needed!”
Weaver Vale MP Graham Evans raised more than £1,000 for Halton Haven Hospice and The Royal British Legion, after finishing the gruelling course in four hours and 49 minutes.
He said: “I’m very grateful for the many constituents who generously sponsored me and sent me messages of support.”