Runners from all over Chester and beyond put their very best feet forward in the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday.

The 35th annual race, on April 26, was significant in that is was the last time world record holder Paula Radcliffe ran the 26.2 mile course and the first time that BBC TV and radio presenter Chris Evans took up the challenge.

Here are just some of the stories from runners in our area:

Hadyn Johnson

Postman Hadyn Johnson ran the London Marathon in 4hours, 48minutes and 5 seconds

Emotions ran high for Chester postman Hadyn Johnson who work’s at the city’s Royal Mail depot, who ran in memory of his beloved brother Rob who died of a pulmonary embolism in 2010.

The two were best friends as well as brothers and Rob was due to be best man at Hadyn’s wedding, but tragically died three months before the big day. It was in his honour that Hadyn, originally from Tattenhall, ran the marathon for the British Lung Foundation, and he is thrilled to have raised more than £4,000 for the charity.

Hadyn achieved his personal best time of 4:48:5 in his first marathon.

He said: “As soon as I started, people were shouting my name, giving me ‘high fives’ and the atmosphere was like I have never experienced before. There were bands every mile or so, from jazz to steel drums, and one particular song ‘the Eye of the Tiger’ came on just at the right time when my energy was starting dwindle. I saw the British Lung Foundation supporters at mile 11 and had my photo taken with my wife Fiona. This was very emotional but got me through the next few miles.

“I met a lot of fellow runners in the post race reception with the British Lung Foundation and had a well deserved cuppa and a sausage roll. My time was even faster than Chris Evans!”

Hadyn added: “I was very close to Rob. We were more like best mates than brothers and were completely devastated when he died.

“He was a very loving father, adored his children and they loved him to bits and miss him like crazy.

“All together my colleagues, neighbours and people I deliver mail to have so far helped me raise over £4,000, smashing my original target of £1750. For this support I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has pledged and donated money in memory of my brother.”

To donate to Hadyn, visit

Stewart Monteith

Stewart Monteith from Ellesmere Port

Stewart Monteith from Ellesmere Port ran the London Marathon dresses as Mrs Brown from Mrs Brown's Boys.

He said: "Went quite well, sadly it took me just over 7 hrs to complete it due to a slightly pulled hamstring on two huge blisters on the balls of my feet but i fought on knowing I was doing this in the memory of my mum.

"My supporters Kimberley Maxwell and Leah Monteith were there throughout the weekend to get me over the finish line so I'd like to say a BIG HUGE THANK YOU to them for being there, Love them both loads xx."

You can still support Stewart at

Samantha Thompson

Samantha Thompson completed the London Marathon in 5:15 mins. "My knee gave way but I managed to still push on. So happy!"

Samantha Thompson, 25 from Ellesmere Port completed the London Marathon in 5:15 mins.

Sam was running for the Alzheimer’s Society after both her grandmothers were diagnosed with the illness. and has raised over £4500.

If you’d like to support Sam you can sponsor her at

Sam said: "My knee gave way but I managed to still push on. So happy!"

Andrea Appleton

Andrea Appleton from Tarvin, a double stroke survivor, ran the London Marathon for The Stroke Association in 5 hours 15 mins

Andrea Appleton, a double stroke survivor from Tarvin said: “It was my first ever marathon and I was extremely nervous, however I wanted to thank the stroke association for their support that they have shown me in my recovery from a major stroke followed by a small stroke.

“I have so far raised almost £1750 and the donations are still arriving!

“I was bang on course to finish in 4hrs 45 mins but in the last few miles my IT (illiotibial) band in my knee gave up the ghost!

However there was no way I was going to be defeated, I fought my way to the finish line in 5hrs 15 mins and haven’t stopped smiling since.”

To sponsor Andrea, visit or text AALM67 and the amount to 70070.

Mark McGonigle

Mark McGonigle from Great Sutton

Mark McGonigle from Great Sutton ran for Clatterbridge Cancer Charity.

He said: "It was a great day, hard work, but the feeling afterwards is something else and I managed to raise my target of £3k which is great."

You can still support Mark at

Alistair Jones

Alistair Jones is welcomed back from the London Marathon by daughter Charlotte and son William. Alistair ran for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Alistair Jones, of the Garden Quarter, raised about £2,000 for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in his fourth London Marathon for the charity.

He was welcomed back to Chester by daughter Charlotte and son Hugh carrying the same sign that they had made with mum Catherine, sister Poppy and brother Will for his return from his first race in 1996.

Alistair, 60, ran in 4:35 which he was pleased with as had some hip trouble before the race which had curtailed his training.

Catherine said: “He came in not long after Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans! He said the weather being dry and cool was perfect running conditions and the crowds were truly amazing not least daughter Poppy who was so enthusiastic in her waving at him at close quarters that she nearly knocked him over as he ran!”

To sponsor Alistair visit and pledge direct or visit

Katy Skues

Katy Skues from Upton ran the London Marathon for charity PDSA in 4.26 hours

Katy Skues from Upton ran the 26.2 mile course in 4:26:5.

She said: “I was really happy to reach both of my targets - raising £1,000 sponsorship for the PDSA and running the race in sub 4.5 hours.”

To support Katy visit or text PET to 70030 to donate £5.

Torz Anderson

London Marathon. Former Queen's School pupil Torz Anderson who ran for Heart Research UK in memory of her dad ran it in 4:25 mins and has so far raised over £7000.

Former Queen’s School pupil Torz Anderson ran the capital race in 4:25 for Heart Research UK in memory of her dad and has so far raised more than £7,000.

To sponsor Torz visit her fundraising page:

Sharon Eaton

Sharon Eaton completed it in 3:43 mins to raise funds for Space Sensory

Sharon Eaton, of Chester, completed her marathon challenge in 3:43 to raise cash for the Chester-based charity Sensory Space @sensoryspace.

The charity aims to provide children with additional needs with the opportunity to play in a friendly and safe environment.

Alan & Ceri Duckers

London Marathon. Alan and Ceri Duckers ran for Lupus UK as Ceri suffers from the condition. Ceris also suffers from Crohn's disease and four years ago was very ill in hospital.

Alan Duckers of Chester ran the race with his daughter Ceri to raise cash for Lupus UK as Ceri’s sister Elle suffers from the condition.

Ceri also suffers from Crohn’s disease and four years ago was very ill in hospital.

To support the duo with a donation you can do so by going online to

Steve Bushell

Steve Bushell was joined by his sons Reece and Callum , his wife Rachael, Libby O'Brien's mum Pippa, brother Ben and dad Dave
Steve Bushell was joined by his sons Reece and Callum , his wife Rachael, Libby O'Brien's mum Pippa, brother Ben and dad Dave

Managing director Steve Bushell, from Helsby, raised more than £4,400 for the hospice which cared for his friends’ two-year-old daughter.

He completed the ‘fantastic’ Virgin Money London Marathon in 3hrs 53mins.

Steve was delighted to exceed his fundraising target of £4,000 for Claire House Children’s Hospice, who he was running for in memory of Libby O’Brien from Hoole, who tragically passed away from Ewing’s sarcoma in 2009.

The 45-year-old was cheered on by his wife Rachael, children Callum and Reece, as well as Libby’s parents Dave and Pippa O’Brien and her brother Ben.

He said: “To date, I have raised £4,440 with more than 200 separate donations which is just amazing.

“It was a fantastic event with unbelievable support from start to finish.”

Steve, who runs Rudheath-based satellite installation company Viewcomms, said he wanted to support the charity because the care they showed Libby and her family was ‘nothing short of excellent’.

“Claire House has continued to support them through their bereavement and I have witnessed how amazing and necessary this has been,” he said.

Steve’s wife Rachael added: “We are all so proud of him and his achievement. It was such a great thing for the boys to witness as well. I would love to thank every single person that has supported Steve.”

To sponsor Steve, visit