GALLERY: London Marathon success stories including a Guinness World Record
PUBLISHED: 13:38 24 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:39 24 April 2017
A number of runners from Bexley and Bromley managed to cross the finish line on Sunday
A team of runners, led by a Sidcup dad, broke a world record when they completed the London Marathon dressed as the Scooby Doo gang on Sunday.
After a record number of runners crossed the start line of the London Marathon, more than 39,400 completed the 26.2-mile journey from Blackheath to Westminster, making the 37th edition of the race the biggest in its history by 347 runners.
Of the 39,487 who crossed the finish line, one established two new world records, one broke a course record, one took a record-breaking seventh London win and 39 broke Guinness World Records, making the 2017 event the greatest ever London Marathon.
Of the Guinness World Record breakers was Ceyhun Uzun who, along with his team, broke the record for the fastest marathon in a five person costume when they carried their own version of the legendary Mystery Machine van all the way around the course in six hours and 17 minutes. It was the first time this record has been set, but the team had to have a time faster than six-and-a-half hours.
The 47-year-old ran to raise money for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, in memory of his daughter, Tanyel who passed away from a rare form of bone cancer in 2016.
He has so far raised £2,732.20.
Bromley runner Kevin Howarth, who was also attempting a world record for the fastest marathon dribbling two basketballs, did cross the finish line, but not fast enough to gain the record.
He said: “I didn’t manage to do it. There are dozens of reasons why but I wasn’t good enough on the day.
“The record is four hours, 10 minutes and 44 seconds. It wasn’t meant to be, I will consider if I want to have another go at it when I recover. I can do it.”
However, the 45-year-old did manage to raise £2,059.40 for children’s hospice charity Demelza and testicular cancer charity Orchid Cancer Care by running.
Other marathon success stories include author Simon Martin, 29, from Sidcup, who fell near Bermondsey and needed physiotherapy but still managed to finish with a time of five hours 12 minutes, and raised £781.20 for Leonard Cheshire Disability.
He said: “Yes I’m still wearing my medal, I’m not going to take it off. I’m incapable of movement, so I’m not leaving my bed. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported my London Marathon achievement.”
Sue Savin from Erith who was running on behalf of Gravesend hospice Ellenor, which looked after her mum, corssed the finish line with a time of five hours, 50 minutes, and 19 seconds. She raised a total of £2,790.
Bexley fire brigade’s borough commander, Graham Coles, 48, managed to beat his fundraising target of £2,000 when he raised £2,470 after crossing the finish line.
Laura Stanley, 30, from Bexleyheath completed the marathon in five hours and 54 minutes. She raised money for National Brain Appeal after suffering a stroke at the age of 23. She has raised a total of £4,000.
She said: “I am so delighted and relieved to have completed the London Marathon and to have raised all this money. It took me slightly longer than expected but I was so pleased to actually finish the race.
“For the first 11 miles I really felt like the crowds carried me along and it felt so easy, I was almost on a high. The last six miles were torturous, I definitely hit the wall. Seeing my mum, dad, husband Kieran and my sons at multiple times throughout the race was a real boost.
“It was a truly incredible day and one that I’ll remember forever.”
Kate Foster, 28, from Bromley ran on behalf of Blind Veterans UK in memory of her grandad, Eric, who lost his sight during the Second World War.
She managed to beat her fundraising target of £2,000 by raising £2,162, and completed the course in five hours and four minutes.