CASH has been pouring in to support the mammoth efforts of Calderdale fund-raisers who ran the London marathon.
The brave runners pounded the capital’s streets for the 26.2 mile course of the Virgin marathon in aid of various causes close to their hearts.
One was Sarah Barraclough, of Hornbeam Grove, Halifax, who ran her first ever marathon for Ronald McDonald House Charities, which supports families of children treated in hospital.
The mum-of-two, who raise more than £2,000, said: “I’ve not done a great deal of running in the past but I really wanted to prove to myself that I could do the London Marathon if I put my mind to it.
“At 19 miles I saw my family and we hugged and I knew at that point that I would go the whole distance.”
Another runner Lisa Worthington, of Sowerby Bridge, raised £3,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, a condition her uncle David and cousin Lauren have been diagnosed with.
Lisa, 28, said: “I’m exhausted, but delighted to have completed the race. My cousin Lauren is a real inspiration for me. Knowing that I was raising vital funding for a cause so close to my heart really spurred me on to the finish line.”
Head pro at Halifax Professional Golf Club David Delaney and his wife Rachel completed the course for Children with Cancer, in memory of David’s cousin Martin who died aged nine of leukaemia.
Mr Delaney said: “It was a fantastic experience and one neither of us will forget. We loved it - loved every minute of it.” The couple hope to raise £4,000 for the charity via http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidDelaney.
Stephen Rorrison, of Woodend Close, Savile Park, Halifax, ran the London marathon on his 40th birthday - and realised a lifetime’s dream.
Stephen finished in four hours and 48 minutes and raised money for Mental Health Foundation.
He thanked all those who sponsored him, including Queensbury Van Hire and his family for their support and cheers on the day.
Michael Bennett, 27, of Skircoat Green, Halifax ran the marathon with his brother Steven, 35, in memory of Steven’s son Jack, who was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Alpers.
Jack sadly died last year aged just one, at Great Ormond Street Hospital - which the brothers were running for.
They have raised a total of £25,000 for charity since Jack passed away.
Simon Duffy, 46, of Elland, ran in aid of the Overgate Hospice in Elland and hopes to raise £1,200.
He said: “It went as well as I expected it to go, a hard and long course but a great crowd to spur you on. My wife, Stacy volunteers for The Halifax Friends of Overgate too so it was great to be able to do something so memorable for a worthwhile cause.
“I would like to thank all my friends, colleagues & customers of the Acapulco Nightclub for their donations and my family especially my wife Stacy, son Isaac and stepson Tom for their support through all my training and on the actual day.”