A Chester city police officer completed the London Marathon on Sunday, just days after being admitted to hospital with a temperature of 39ºC.
Steve Hannam, had planned to run the 26.2-mile challenge to raise funds for the Wallasey-based 'Stick n Step' charity that offers weekly help to his two sons Jack, eight and Oliver, seven. Jack has cerebral palsy and Oliver has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition to do with hypermobility.
Steve said: “Ten days before the run I was hospitalised after fitting and becoming unwell.
“It turns out I have Crohns disease and had developed campylobacter gastroentoritis which my body couldn’t deal with.
“On the Monday before the marathon I was awaiting surgery and believed my marathon was over, I was devastated. My surgery was cancelled due to the infection and I was sent home.
"After a couple of days I made the decision I would try and take part. I had raised close to £2,000 and did not want to let everyone down. I decided if I had Crohns I wasn’t going to let it beat me at the first hurdle.”
Steve’s wife Joanne was at the start of the race on Sunday, April 13 to spur him on and he finished in 5hr01.
Steve has now raised more than £2,200 for the Stick n Step charity, which works with children with cerebral palsy. Support Steve’s fundraising at www.justgiving.com/ stevehannam.
Former Upton-by- Chester High School student Beth Mann ran the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise funds for Asthma UK.
Now a PhD student at the MRC (Medical Research Council) and Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, Beth, 22, completed the course in 4hr18:18.
She said: “The atmosphere was incredible and the crowds were awesome throughout the entire route which was greatly appreciated.
“Considering that much of my training was done in the cold, wet and wind, I really struggled with the heat and lack of shade during the race.
“Overall it was a fantastic experience but I can't deny that it was extremely tough at times and that I am now rather sore!”
Mum Chris and dad Tim, who live in the city’s Garden Quarter, were there to spur Beth on in her marathon challenge.
Beth has already raised more than £2,000 for Asthma UK. Support her in her challenge at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ BethMann
Ex-England footballer Michael Owen ran his first London Marathon in 3hr45.
He ran with Mike Jones, his best friend from Hawarden High School, and has so far raised over £65,000 for his three chosen charities: Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Prostate Cancer UK.
Sponsor Michael at uk.virginmoney giving.com/themichael owen.
Weaver Vale MP Graham Evans smashed his personal best by finishing the London Marathon in 4hr43:56.
Graham was running for Halton Haven Hospice, to support its work providing palliative care to individuals and families in Widnes, Runcorn and surrounding areas.
Graham said: “I am delighted to have beaten my personal best, coming in six minutes faster than last year, especially given this is my first marathon in my fifties!
“The London Marathon is such a fantastic race, with an amazing atmosphere. But the most important thing about the race is how it draws funding and raises awareness for so many important charities.”
Support Graham at www.justgiving.com/ Graham-Evans-MP6.
Colleagues from Muir Housing in Chester, Mark Gould and Paula Jones ran the marathon to raise funds for their chosen charities.
Mark completed the course in 4hr05 for Alzheimer's UK and Paula ran it in 5hr20 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Sponsor Mark at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ MarkGould.
The sister of a woman who vanished from a Disney cruise ship ran the London Marathon to raise funds for Guide Dogs.
Rachael Coriam, whose sister Rebecca disappeared from the Disney cruise liner on the coast of Mexico in 2011, said on Twitter: “I fell over early on but claimed my medal for @RebeccaCoriam and raised over £2,000 for the guide dogs.”
Rachael, who ran with former colleagues Robyn Wainwright and Scott Davies, also ran the London Marathon in 2013. Robyn, who works at Doubletree-by-Hilton in Chester, ran for The Royal British Legion, and Scott, ran for STEPS charity, for children and adults affected by clubfoot.
Wendy Griffiths from Ellesmere Port and her son Luke Hughes have so far raised over £4000 for Clic Sargant.
It's a charity close to their hearts after Luke’s son Jacob was diagnosed with Rhabdomyasarcoma, a rare cancer in March 2013.
They ran in 6hrs 6mins, Luke is hoping to run again next year and has already applied through Clic Sargent.
Sponsor Wendy & Luke at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Luke-Wendy-ClicSargent
Members of Ellesmere Port Running Club have just completed their first Marathons.
Sue Ledsom, Dianne Markey and Rachel Beddows ran the Greater Manchester Marathon on April 6 and Ann Ball, Katie Horswill and Bethan Jones all ran the London Marathon on Sunday.
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