IT’S 86 and counting for Jagjit Singh as he completed the London Marathon in a personal best time.
Sunday’s event marked the eighth time the marathan veteran has finished the race in the capital, but added to an impressive total which will rise again when he takes part in the Rotary Shakespeare Marathon, in Stratford-Upon-Avon, on Sunday coming.
The 52-year-old was raising money for Age UK Hillingdon and finished in four hours, six minutes, and 14 seconds, shaving nearly 11 minutes off his time from 2012.
Tony Gray from Ickenham has just completed his 31st consecutive London Marathon.
Tony, aged 59, who works at London Underground’s Ruislip depot, first did the run in 1983.
This time he got around the 26-mile course in a creditable time of three hours 47 minutes. At his peak, he managed the course in two hours 36 minutes.
This year, he was raising money for Diabetes UK and has so far pulled in £700 in sponsorship.
He is a well-known face on the streets of Ickenham, as he is often out pounding the streets in his running gear while training.
Tony is now aiming to do his 32nd marathon at the age of 60.
You can donate to his total by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/AnthonyGray1.
Hannah Luckett , from Ruislip, was overjoyed at completing the gruelling course in five hours 14 minutes.
“I am happy with my time, which is not bad for an amateur,” she said.
The 22-year-old ran the marathon in memory of a friend who died of meningitis aged 17. She said the cheering crowds kept her going, especially when she ‘hit the wall’ at 21 miles.
“The support of the crowd puts your faith back into humanity – the atmosphere is unreal,” she added.
Despite what she described as an amazing experience and the happiest day of her life, Hannah said there was ‘absolutely no way’ she would ever do the run again.
“I am exhausted, but so proud of the achievement,” she said.
Hannah has so far collected £5,007 for the Meningitis Trust and is still taking donations at www.virginmoneygiving.com/Hannahluckett.
Don O’Neill , 48, a post office worker in Ruislip completed his marathon in five hours two minutes in aid of the company’s chosen charity, Prostate Cancer UK.
James Fleming , 27, of Ickenham, completed his run in three hours 44 minutes, putting him in the top 20 per cent of finishers overall.
The sports lecturer at Uxbridge College, in Gatting Way, had been preparing for months and has exceeded his target for Children With Cancer UK by so far raising more than £2,000.
Tesco worker Laurence Hylton ran the 26 miles in under four hours, something he puts down to stopping partying last August.
“I feel really good and proud of myself, knowing what a big achievement I’ve accomplished,” he said.
Despite finishing in a commendable three hours 55 minutes, he is not happy with his time.
“I’ve done faster in training, but my knee went at mile 21, so I had to hobble the rest of the way,” he added. “But less than four hours is still an OK time.”
He said the best part was seeing parts of the capital he had not seen before – and crossing the finish line.
“The atmosphere and the support from the crowd all round the course is great.
“It’s organised and run so smoothly, so I just want to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone involved in making it a day to remember.”
Laurence has raised £2,450 for the Terrence Higgins Trust.