Runners’ marathon efforts for charity

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A NEW Zealand woman crossed the finish line of the London Marathon in aid of a Cleckheaton care home.

Gillian Oliver, 55, finished the race in five hours and 13 minutes to raise money for Kenmore Cheshire Home, Whitcliffe Road, where her sister Brenda lives. The home is run by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Pete, Kirsty and Kevin Elwick who are running the London marathon for Macmillan cancer support.

Pete, Kirsty and Kevin Elwick who are running the London marathon for Macmillan cancer support.

After the race Gillian said: “The last 5km were the hardest thing I have ever done before, and my muscles are going to be aching for days, but I am really glad I did it for such a good cause. The crowd was brilliant, especially towards the end – they really helped me get to the finish line!”

Victoria Wray, events officer at Leonard Cheshire Disability, said: “We are very proud of Gillian, who was one of 100 runners who helped Leonard Cheshire Disability to raise well over £150,000. This is a fantastic achievement and it couldn’t have been done without her support.”

Gillian, who has already raised more than £2,800, is still taking sponsorship at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GillianOliver.

M Meanwhile, a family team from Spen all completed the race to raise cash for Macmillan Nurses.

Team Elwick, made up of dad Pete and brother and sister Kirsty and Kevin, all finished the race, which took place on Sunday April 17 and have raised more than £3,300.

Kevin finished in less than four hours, beating Olympic silver athletics medallist Iwan Thomas. Kirsty and Kevin finished together in just under six hours. Pete said the three had found the race difficult because of the hot weather on the day.

He said: “As far as all of Team Elwick are concerned it was very much a feeling of mission accomplished on what had been a very tough day.

“The support we had before, during and after the race has been tremendous.”

Team Elwick is still raising money. Sponsor them at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/elwick.