Milton Keynes runners triumphant after London Marathon challenge

Katie Tucker, from Medbourne MK, who ran the London Marathon
Katie Tucker, from Medbourne MK, who ran the London Marathon

Among the runners who rose to the challenge during the London Marathon at the weekend was Dee Bhadri and Katie Tucker from Milton Keynes.

Katie Tucker from Medbourne, Milton Keynes, ran for ‘children with cancer’ and raised £1,500 with donations still coming in.

Marathon man Dee Bhadri

Marathon man Dee Bhadri

She ran in a time of 3 hours 53 minutes in memory of her mum Debi who passed away with cancer in 2000.

Dee Bhadri, 40, raised over £3,900 for Parkinson’s UK, when he completed the 26.2 mile challenge in 4 hours and 56 minutes, on the last day of Parkinson’s Awareness Week (7-13 April). Dee joined a 225 strong team of athletes who were running for Parkinson’s UK.

Parkinson’s UK hopes to raise over £315,000 from the event so it can continue with its vital research work to find a cure, and improve the lives of the 127,000 people in the UK who are living with Parkinson’s.

An estimated 36,000 people took part in Sunday’s race, the 34th London Marathon.

More than 1,200 volunteers from St John Ambulance lined the streets and medical staff advised runners to take on plenty of water and keep well hydrated.

Temperatures of 11C were recorded at the start of the race in Greenwich at 10am, but as runners made their way around the course through the capital the bright sunshine and lack of a breeze made conditions feel considerably warmer.

By the time runners reached the finish line in St James’s Park temperatures reached 16C.

Kenyan world record holder Wilson Kipsang won the men’s race in 2 hours 4 minutes and 29 seconds, a course record, while home favourite Mo Farah came home almost four minutes back in 2 hours 8 minutes and 21 seconds.

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