Farmers and colleagues running the London marathon have raised thousands of pounds for charity.
Lincolnshire farmer Chris Hewis completed the course in 5 hours 9 minutes to support charity Kidney Research UK and help out a fellow farmer awaiting a kidney transplant.
Mr Hewis, who is president of Laceby Young Farmers’ Club, ran the 26.2-mile course to support Matthew Denby, chairman of Lincolnshire Young Farmer’s Clubs (YFC).
— Chris Hewis (@ChrisHewis) April 22, 2018
Mr Denby said: “I had kidney failure in 2007 due to E coli and I was on dialysis for a while. I’m now at about 18% kidney function, but it’s going down, so I will need a transplant.”
Fellow Lincolnshire farmer Craig Williamson ran the marathon to raise more than £7,800 in aid of the Notts & Lincs Air Ambulance.
Mr Williams ran the marathon in 6 hours 51 minutes dressed as a Massey Ferguson tractor.
— Sally Williamson (@sallywill_sally) April 23, 2018
Meanwhile, Suffolk-based farm software consultant Annabel James battled the heat to complete the course in an impressive 4 hours 12 minutes.
Ms James raised more than £3,780 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.
I did it!! In 4hrs12 which is a tad slower than target but given the heat, I honestly don’t care! Lots of money raised for @RABIcharity and that’s all that matters!! @clubhectare2211 @MF_EAME @tnstractors @LandmarkSysLtd @LondonMarathon pic.twitter.com/N3LhtDS21V
— Annabel James (@belliejames) April 22, 2018
International charity Farm Africa was also supported by runners.
— Farm Africa (@FarmAfrica) April 22, 2018
They included Thomas Strong (4 hours 23 mins), John Underwood (4 hours 57 minutes) and Holly Dunlop (5 hours 55 mins).