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Friday 27 April 2012

ShelterBox Runners Complete London Marathon
ShelterBox Runners Complete London Marathon
Photo: Rick Milburn after running 26 miles carrying a ShelterBox.

On Sunday 22 April, 37,000 people from all over the world took part in the 32nd Virgin London Marathon. Six of those runners decided to run for ShelterBox and have so far raised over £6,500 in the process. Two people even made the challenge more difficult by running with ShelterBoxes strapped to their backs. We caught up with a few of the
runners after the race.
 
Peter Pearce was born in Cornwall and educated just down the road from the ShelterBox HQ in Helston. He travelled over to the UK from his home in Sydney, where he now works as Director of ShelterBox Australia, to complete the marathon with a ShelterBox strapped to his back. He completed the race in 6 hours and 39 minutes.
 
Rick Milburn, a detective constable in Falmouth, completed the marathon with a ShelterBox strapped to his back in 5 hours and 46 minutes. He said: ‘Everything seemed to go right which was fantastic and the crowds were unbelievable, the support that I got was amazing. Luckily I had my family following me around the course and my children cheering me on was a great boost!’
 
Graham Meek, an accountant who lives in Surrey, completed the marathon in 3 hours and 45 minutes. After stewarding the race in London twice before, this was his first time running a marathon.
 
He said: ‘The atmosphere and noise around the course was incredible. My family and friends were at miles 9 and 19 and certainly gave me a lift.
 
‘Soon after running past Big Ben, I saw the sign 800 metres to go, 600 metres, 400 metres and 385 yards as we turned into Pall Mall. I normally manage a sprint finish, but not this time – a very slight increase in speed as I ran for the line – my first marathon completed – 3:45:12.’
 
Sunday’s race was also Vicky Davies’ first experience of running a marathon. She completed the race in 4 hours and 20 minutes, finishing before it started to rain.
 
She said: ‘It was a brilliant day. The rain held off until after I'd finished which was a bonus. And I got to mile 20 without really noticing how far I'd gone. I still had enough left in the tank to up my pace a bit and finish without too much of a struggle. It was an amazing feeling running along the Embankment and past Big Ben and Buckingham Palace to the finish line. The crowd really is exceptional. Hopefully it’s something I will never forget doing.’
 
Tim Bunting, ShelterBox UK General Manager, said: ‘We’d like to say a massive congratulations to all those who ran the London Marathon in aid of ShelterBox. What a huge personal achievement! Thank you for choosing to support ShelterBox.’
 
To find out more information about any of the runners above click here or click on their names to sponsor them.
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