In temperatures topping 24°C, a team of seven runners took on the 2018 London Marathon, raising nearly £16,000 for The Donkey Sanctuary.

The group all had their own reasons for taking on the challenge but shared the same goal of supporting the work of the charity.

Swapping the shores of her island home in Bermuda, Claire de Ste Croix ran alongside her brother James Tomkinson from Cornwall. Claire thought she would never race competitively again after being caught up in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings – she’d just finished the race when the bombs were detonated. Claire and James crossed the finish line on The Mall on Sunday afternoon together in four hours, thirty seven minutes and 29 seconds.

Victoria Lack from Germany found the event amazing but was extremely glad to have got to the finish; she posted a time of five hours, twenty four minutes and 59 seconds.

Staff nurse Lesley Walker teamed up with running partner Stuart Hurcomb and were determined to cross the line together. The pair have been used to training in freezing temperatures around their homes in Broxburn, near Edinburgh, often having to deal with snow and icy conditions. In what was officially the hottest London Marathon on record, according to the Met Office, Stuart registered a time of four hours, 14 minutes and 50 seconds with Lesley just one second behind.

Joining the team just two weeks before the race, Melody Vasey completed the course in six hours, five minutes and 56 seconds. Melody chose The Donkey Sanctuary after spotting the advert in the London Marathon magazine.

Kimmarie Smith from North Devon showed an amazing amount of guts and determination and was cheered through the final stages of the event by the fundraising team. Spurred on by her husband she posted a time of seven hours, twenty-nine minutes and 47 seconds.

London Marathon 2018 runners with medals
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Louise Jones, community fundraising manager at The Donkey Sanctuary said: “Our runners are always amazing people but to complete the marathon in such searing heat this year was an absolutely incredible achievement! We want to say a massive thank you to them all for their amazing efforts.”

Louise continued: “We so value their support and determination to fundraise in this way by taking part in such an iconic race and I know they really, really loved every minute of it! Just to hear their feedback and see them afterwards was a very humbling and inspiring feeling.”

Joining the team just two weeks before the race, Melody Vasey completed the course in six hours, five minutes and 56 seconds. Melody chose The Donkey Sanctuary after spotting the advert in the London Marathon magazine.

Kimmarie Smith from North Devon showed an amazing amount of guts and determination and was cheered through the final stages of the event by the fundraising team. Spurred on by her husband she posted a time of seven hours, twenty-nine minutes and 47 seconds.

Louise Jones, community fundraising manager at The Donkey Sanctuary said: “Our runners are always amazing people but to complete the marathon in such searing heat this year was an absolutely incredible achievement! We want to say a massive thank you to them all for their amazing efforts.”

Louise continued: “We so value their support and determination to fundraise in this way by taking part in such an iconic race and I know they really, really loved every minute of it! Just to hear their feedback and see them afterwards was a very humbling and inspiring feeling.”