Footsore but happy to run marathon for good causes

Running together: Sam and Kelly, above, SJake and Sophie, left

Running together: Sam and Kelly, above, SJake and Sophie, left

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Runners from across Lancashire took to the streets of the capital for the Virgin Money London Marathon - helping a number of charities with their efforts.

Will Wall, 22, from Preston raised more than £3,300 for Parkinson’s UK, when he ran the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday.

Help for Parkinson's: Will Wall

Help for Parkinson's: Will Wall

He completed the 26.2 mile challenge in three hours and 32 minutes, on the last day of Parkinson’s Awareness Week.

Meanwhile Preston sight loss charity, Galloway’s Society for the Blind has hailed the world famous marathon a success as their eight runners finished the route - raising £10,000.

Emma Russ, senior fundraiser at Galloway’s, said: “We’ve been absolutely inspired by the dedication of our team of Galloway’s Champions in this year’s London Marathon, they’ve all worked tirelessly in both their training and their fundraising which was paid off and rewarded as they crossed that ambitious finishing line yesterday Between the eight of our runners, they covered 210 miles yesterday and have already raised over £10,000.”

Pita Nadine Oates, 45, from Walmer Bridge, completed the marathon for Galloway’s, she said: “I didn’t only run the Marathon this Sunday for Galloway’s but I’m also running the Great North Run in September.

Running together: Sam and Kelly, above, SJake and Sophie, left

Running together: Sam and Kelly, above, SJake and Sophie, left

“I’ve really challenged myself both in my training and my fundraising because I know that my support will make the world of difference to Galloway’s, helping them to create positive change for our visually impaired community.

“I’m very lucky to have no problems with my vision, but it’s really reassuring to know that the expertise, passion and knowledge of a local charity like Galloway’s are there if I needed them.”

Other folk running for Galloway’s include Alan Parkinson, 55, from Much Hoole and Trish Wardle, 55, of Clitheroe.

Hayley Harthern from Preston took part in aid of The Christie charity.

Galloways Star: Pita Nadine Oates

Galloways Star: Pita Nadine Oates

She is one of the co-founders of the Manchester PA Network who has supported The Christie over the past few years raising a staggering £20,000.

Hayley ran in memory of her Nan who lost her battle to cancer a few years ago.

Two Girlguiding volunteers, from Chorley and Preston, took part to help ensure that more girls than ever can benefit from the amazing opportunities offered by Girlguiding.

Kelly Beesley, 32, from Chorley, covered the gruelling 26.2-mile course in five hours and 34 minutes, while Samantha Edwards, 28, from Preston, finished in a time of five hours and 36 minutes.

Both were running as part of a Girlguiding team of five runners, raising over £9,000 in total for the leading charity in the UK for girls and young women.

Siblings Sophie and Jake Dewhurst took part and raised more than £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

And Ashley Weir from Bamber Bridge ran the marathon in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice. His wife Joanne took part in the Greater Manchester Marathon the previous week - they only took up running 18 months ago.