PICTURE SPECIAL: Northampton runners take on London Marathon 2014

A Northampton mum of five has raised more than £5,000 for a charity close to her heart by running the London Marathon on Sunday.

Robyn Thorman, from Wooton Fields, took up running just two years ago when she struggled to run for a train.

Robyn said: “I couldn’t believe at 35 I could be that unfit and decided things had to change. 

Eighteen months ago at age 5, our identical twin girls had to embrace a routine of at least four injections a day and numerous blood taking from their fingers to test sugar levels.

“Diabetes was a word they had never heard until that day, but became the explanation as to why they didn’t have the same energy as the other children in their class and why their day included injections. Seeing your child inject themselves breaks your heart; you would do anything to see them not have to go through it. 

“Taking on the challenge of completing the Virgin London Marathon for JDRF, Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, was a small expression to say as a family we are taking a stand against diabetes and  refusing to accept their lives will always have diabetes in it.

“JDRF is in search to both find better ways of treating type 1 diabetes and an end and a cure.

“As a parent of five training has been very early weekend alarm calls at 6am on Saturday mornings before my husband and I need to take our boys to football and running with other mums after the school drop off. With a winter of wind and rain training wasn’t great, but knew on the day I would be thankful for going out on those days. Sure enough I was!”

Robyn completed the London Marathon in four hours, four minutes raising around £5,300 so far.  

A runner who is about to celebrate her 40th birthday fulfilled her dream of running the London Marathon.

Lorraine Lovell took part in her first London Marathon on Sunday, alongside thousands of other runners.

Lorraine, from Irchester, who ran for the Dreams Come True Charity, said: “I completed my first ever marathon, fulfilling a dream of mine to complete it before I turn 40 in May.

“Having never done any running before I trained for six months and crossed the line, still smiling after 6.33.55 hours.”

John Donaghue, from Northampton, also completed his first London Marathon, crossing the finish line at four hours, 48 minutes and raising £2,100 for Age UK.

He said: “It was a great experience. I now know what gritting your teeth and digging deep really means as the last four miles were hard going and totally worth it.”

Robbie Bouchier has raised over £2,160 for Ambitious about Autism, the national charity for children and young people with autism, by running the 2014 London Marathon on Sunday. 

Robbie, 22 who lives in Towcester, completed the 26.2 mile route across the capital in 06:04:25 to raise funds to support the work the charity does to improve the lives of children and young people with autism. His younger brother has autism and it was their mother’s birthday on marathon day.

Robbie Bouchier said: “I’m elated I finished the famous Virgin Money London Marathon for Ambitious about Autism! I trained for months and I’m so pleased I raised lots of money for a charity which supports children and young people with autism. This cause is really important to me because my little brother has autism and we know what life’s like for families living with autism.

Running the London Marathon – on my mum’s birthday! – was really exciting, nothing beats being cheered along by thousands of people - they literally got me through the last few miles because their energy was infectious. It was great to see my mum waiting for me on the route but I know she was nervous for me.

Anne Shinkwin, Director of Fundraising at Ambitious about Autism, said: “Everyone at Ambitious about Autism is really proud of Robbie Bouchier for all the hard work he put into training and raising money for children and young people with autism. What an amazing achievement – one that will stay with Aaron forever – and which will make a lasting difference to our work.”

Business owner at More Fire PR in Pytchley, Kettering, Mark Ferguson, 44, completed the marathon in 6 hours.

He said: “I’ve previously run the New York Marathon and this is the third time I’ve completed the London course.

“It was the best event I’ve experienced and I take my hat off to all of the runners, organisers and volunteers who did a fantastic job. The heat was incredible but the support from the crowd kept us going - everywhere I went there were encouraging chants of ‘Go Mark!’

Mark is aiming to raise awareness of the work of the Northampton Hope Centre which helps over 2,000 homeless and vulnerable people every year. Visit www.justgiving.com/northamptonhopecentre

Other Northampton runners included Tom Smith, 3 hrs 50 mins, Parkinson’s UK; Paul Hills, 4 hrs 39 mins, Cynthia Spencer Hospice; Beth Flatres, 6 hrs 36 mins, Shaw Trust; Ryan Palmer, 4 hrs 39 mins, Anthony Nolan; Georgina Liggins, 5 hrs 29 mins, British Heart Foundation; Mark Leggatt, 5 hrs 15 mins; Ryan Knight,5 hrs; Jo McDonald, 5 hrs, 51 mins; Ruth Walker, 5 hrs 45 mins, Hertfordshire MS Therapy Centre; Kelly Thomson, 5 hrs 2 mins; Becky Harris, 5 hrs 42 mins, Anthony Nolan.