Runners going the extra mile

Paul Reynolds, headteacher at Old Earth Primary, Helen Farrell, teacher at Old Earth and Andy Fairbairn show off their medals after completing the London Marathon 2011. They raised funds for Prostate Cancer charity as part of the schools partnership fundraising.
Paul Reynolds, headteacher at Old Earth Primary, Helen Farrell, teacher at Old Earth and Andy Fairbairn show off their medals after completing the London Marathon 2011. They raised funds for Prostate Cancer charity as part of the schools partnership fundraising.

No less than ten runners from Calderdale made their way across the finish line of the London marathon this weekend.

They joined the thousands who braved unseasonably warm temperatures to raise funds for many worthwhile causes.

Serena Rogers after London marathon

Serena Rogers after London marathon

Paul Reynolds, headteacher at Old Earth Primary School, raised £3,000 for The Prostate Cancer Charity running alongside Helen Farrell and Andy Fairbairn.

Paul and Helen crossed the line after four hours and 44 minutes while Andy stormed ahead recording a time of four hours and two minutes.

“All three of us are walking wounded at the minute but I feel surprisingly good,” said Mr Reynolds.

“We were hammered by Mr Happy who beat us by about an hour, however we were pleased to beat Pingu.”

Serena Rogers, 31, from Bell Hall, Halifax, took up running six months ago and completed the run in six hours and two minutes.

The Lloyds Banking Group manager crossed the line in six hours, two minutes and hopes her final total will be £2,000 for the Mental Health Foundation. The running convert had the added bonus of losing two dress sizes during her training.

“The crowds were just amazing at getting us round but the heat was excruiating at some points,” she said.

A team of four, all ran for Elland’s Overgate Hospice.

Samantha Haigh did it in four hours 22 minutes, Frances Wear managed five hours and three minutes, Rachel Garrod finished in four hours and 30 minutes while Leon Severn set the pace with four hours and four minutes. Their efforts raised £4,000.

Greg McCarthy, ran for the Children’s Trust and completed his run in seven hours and 30 minutes.

Adam Shaw ran to raise money for charity Debra, who help people with dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa.

His seven year-old daughter Hollie has the skin condition and she inspired him to complete the run in four hours and 56 minutes. Steve Quick raised money for the Anthony Nolan Trust in four hours 55 minutes.