CHARITY fundraisers completed the London Marathon for YMCA Humber on Sunday, raising £4,000 for the local youth charity in the process.
Malcolm Smith, CEO of YMCA Humber and Rob Walsh, CEO for North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) travelled to the capital for the 26.2 mile run on Sunday 23 April after six months of training and fundraising.
Rob completed the race in a creditable 3 hours and 47 minutes with Malcolm following shortly after in 4 hours and 12 minutes.
In that period, the pair covered more than 250 miles and held fundraising events at Wilkin Chapman LLP and ASDA in Grimsby.
Rob decided to raise money for YMCA Humber to support the charity’s work with young people throughout North East Lincolnshire.
He said: “It was fantastic to be able to run the marathon and support a charity such as YMCA.
“I was hard work but absolutely amazing at the same time – the atmosphere was tremendous.
“I was feeling the pain by mile 20 but I ploughed on through the heat and I am pleased with my finishing time.”
Support for young people
YMCA Humber provides a range of services across North East Lincolnshire, including three housing projects that support over 100 young people each night of the year, as well as youth clubs and a range of health and well-being courses.
Malcolm, who ran the race alongside Rob added: “We wish to thank Rob his amazing hard work both in training and fundraising for the London Marathon this year.
“Anyone who has completed a marathon anywhere in the world will know just how hard it is to get over the finishing line.
“We are very grateful for everything Rob has done to support his local YMCA this year.”
And the charity are already encouraging interested runners to get in touch if they are interested in running the 2018 event.
Malcolm continued: “We anticipate that we will have places available for the 2018 London Marathon but they will be extremely limited.
“So if you are interested in running the race in 2018 and supporting our work with young people then please get in touch.”