Runner overcomes setbacks for marathon charity effort

Marathon runner Darren Weston
Marathon runner Darren Weston
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A DAVENTRY runner overcame injury and adversity to complete the London Mararthon and raise around £1,800 for charity.

Darren Weston finished the gruelling 26.2-mile course on Sunday despite having £900 of his charity donations stolen.

Mr Weston owns Bishop Court Cobblers in Daventry, and weeks before the race the shop was broken into and his charity tin taken.

The 45-year-old was also suffering with shin splints in the build up to the race, but he battled through and completed the course in 3hrs 31mins.

Mr Weston said: “Everything that happened just spurred me on, I used it all as motivation to complete the marathon.

“I just came in to work one morning and found that the shop had been broken into.

“A lot of things were taken including the charity money, most of which had been donated by customers.

“It just left me feeling sad and sickened but I dug deep and told myself I can’t let this stop me running.

“I had to put half the money back in myself and I’m delighted with the final amount raised.

“It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, the crowd were amazing.”

Mr Weston was running for Sense, a charity which supports deafblind people.

There were several other people from across the Daventry district who took part in the London Marathon to raise thousands for different charities.

Martin Crowder from Daventry ran the race in 3hrs and 47mins and raised around £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

He said: “It was the first time I have ran it and it was something I used to see on the television and always wanted to do.

“It was a great feeling to complete the race and I was very pleased.”

William Parker School teacher Sarah Fitch raised £3,500 for Bliss which helps families whose children are born premature.

She completed the marathon in 5hrs 57mins.

Glen Frank, who completed the run dressed as Batman, raised £1,500 for Sense completing it in a time 4hrs 19mins.

Mark Heycock and his partner Melanie Cotton raised more than £3,300 for Sense.

Mr Heycock completed the course in 4hrs 41mins and Miss Cotton went round in 4hrs 51mins.

Long Buckby resident Helen Blowman, 24, raised more than £2,000 for the Association for International Cancer Research in memory of her mother-in-law.

She took 4hrs 20 mins to complete the marathon.

And 21-year-old Paul Tanton completed the race in 5hrs 55mins and raised £1,500 towards Meningitis UK.

All of the runners wish to say thank you to everyone who donated for their generosity.