West Norfolk’s marathon stars raise thousands for good causes

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A former diplomat and a stationery company boss were among dozens of people from West Norfolk who took part in the London Marathon at the weekend.

Runners and fundraisers from across the borough were among the field of more than 30,000 who took to the streets of the capital on Sunday, raising tens of thousands of pounds for good causes.

Office Wise managing director Derek Harvey shows off his medal from the London Marathon

Office Wise managing director Derek Harvey shows off his medal from the London Marathon

Among those tackling the distance for the first time was Thornham’s Edward Glover, who had a particularly personal reason to run in aid of Ambitious about Autism, for whom he has raised more than £6,000.

His seven-year-old granddaughter, Agnes, has the condition and Mr Glover said: “She just wants to be accepted for who she is.”

He trained for a year ahead of the race, completing up to 210 miles a week, and completed the course in five hours, 47 minutes and 36 seconds.

He said afterwards: “It was a deeply rewarding day. Nothing beats being cheered along by thousands of people - they literally got me through the last few miles because their energy and support was infectious.”

Slightly quicker across the line was Derek Harvey, the managing director of Lynn-based firm Office Wise, who has raised more than £2,000 for the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House.

He admitted he was disappointed with his time of five hours, 10 minutes, but added: “I went into the race with an injury so I shouldn’t be too downhearted.”

Mr Harvey was among a team of eight running in aid of the hospice, whom officials expect to have raised around £12,000 between them.

Their other runners were Ros Ponder, who recorded an impressive time of two hours, 58 minutes, Tom Rivett (3.44), Richard Dickson (4.08), Nick Blake (4.18), Beth Taylor (4.18), Kevin Smith (4.31) and David Daly (5.58).