19 local runners took part in the Virgin Money London Marathon for Haven House, running up a cool £40,000 total for the hospice.

Amongst those taking part, were mother and daughter, Victoria and Shanna Barton, from Clayhall. They completed the course together and the duo crossed the finish line in 6hrs52mins. Talking about their epic challenge; Shanna said.

‘It was probably the hardest thing we have done, but the most amazing achievement and very emotional.’ She continues; ‘There was amazing support and a brilliant atmosphere and it was an honour to run in aid of Haven House.’

Also taking part was Haven House supporter, Ben Pirie from Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, a personal trainer who is taking on 10 challenges in the hope of raising £10,000 for the hospice. He finished in 3hrs46mins, beating his time in the Paris Marathon, which he had run the previous weekend in aid of the hospice!

The fastest runner and highest fundraiser on the day, was Kelly Vincent from Buckhurst Hill, who completed the run in 3hrs37mins, raising a whopping £6,800 in the process. Also completing the course was Haven House supporter and Boxing Promoter, Eddie Hearn from Stock in Essex, who raised £5,000 for the hospice.

Mike Palfreman, Chief Executive of Haven House exclaimed; ‘Wow £40,000 – a fantastic amount that has exceeded all expectation.  Huge congratulations to all our runners; this is an amazing personal achievement and a fabulous opportunity to help the local community.’ He finished by saying ‘Thank you from everyone at Haven House.’