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We all succeeded in the long run

PUBLISHED: 21:40 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:18 05 July 2010

MORE runners from the area have been basking in the success of completing the London Marathon, raising funds for worthy causes and fulfilling personal goals in the process.

MORE runners from the area have been basking in the success of completing the London Marathon, raising funds for worthy causes and fulfilling personal goals in the process.

Three runners from Waveney Valley Athletics Club, Steve Warman, Paula Lambert and David Lewis, have been reflecting on the completion of their first marathon and wallowing in the joy of raising thousands of pounds for charity.

“None of us had done any serious running until 12 months ago, and juggling marathon training with work and family life had meant some very early mornings,” said father-of-two Steve, from Kirby Cane.

The club members' training had led to Steve and David losing a total of five stone between them, with Paula also shedding weight.

She finished in 4hrs 22min, Steve in 4hrs 55min and David in 5hrs 7min as the Break, Mencap and NSPCC charities all benefited.

Another first-time marathon entrant was delighted with her efforts.

For Ali Peaper, from Lowestoft, there was lots of personal motivation as she ran on behalf of the MS Society. “This is a very important charity for me as, sadly, my mum died from the disease six years ago and my older sister has been living with MS since she was diagnosed at 19,” said Ali, pictured right.

She completed the marathon in 5hrs 10min. “It truly was the hardest but most fantastic day, and I wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who sponsored me,” she said.

Good-luck wishes, phone calls and cards had all been all well received. “Every one of these helped get me through the pain of the last long five miles,” said Ali.

Having set out to raise £1,500 for the society, she has raised well over £3,000. And Ali still has a website open for donations until June 13: www.justgiving.com/alisonpeaper

PE teacher Anthony Smith, 37, completed his first marathon in 4hrs 37mins, despite suffering an injury just three weeks before the race. Anthony knew he was being willed on all the way by family and friends plus pupils and staff at Kessingland Primary School.

He raised £1,300 for the Well Child charity, a sum boosted by raffles and a school non-uniform day.

“The whole experience was absolutely amazing. I've never run in big crowds before, and that was the hardest part, along with the weather,” he said.

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