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Charitable London Marathon runners raised thousands of pounds for equestrian causes on Sunday (24 April).

International welfare charity The Brooke received almost £14,000 through donations from its team of eight runners.

Lizzy Phillips (pictured, below) was one of those taking part for the Brooke. She finished in 5hrs 4mins and raised over £1,900.

“It was a great experience and I was glad to see the Brooke cheerers at mile 24, that really spurred me on,” she said.

Lizzy Phillips med res

Meanwhile SPANA had two people tackling the 26.2 mile course.

Vet Pat Sells (pictured, top) finished in 3hrs 19mins and has raised over £2,700.

Emma Whiting also took part for SPANA and crossed the finish line after 4hrs 6mins.

World Horse Welfare had a team of six runners who raised over £7,000 for the charity.

“All the team finished in good times, ranging from 4hrs 13mins to 5hrs 21mins, so they all did brilliantly,” said a World Horse Welfare spokesman.

“Thanks must go to them all – Matt Carlick, Zara Harrison and her mum Sarah Thompson, Laura Williamson, Dale Witheridge and Rebecca Taylor.”

Katie Jones and her partner Alex Jenner competed the marathon for Riding for the Disabled.

The pair finished in 5hrs 1min, raiding £2,800 for the charity.

“It was a fantastic day, albeit painful, the crowd around the course were amazing and really did help to spur us on to get over the finish line,” Ms Jones told H&H.


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Eight runners took part for the Countryside Alliance (CA) and raised over £16,000 for the organisation’s charities, Fishing 4 Schools, Falconry for Schools and Casting for Recovery UK and Ireland.

Fastest round the course was financial planner Thomas Eyles, who finished in 3hrs 20mins.

“A special mention has to go to Mark Simpson, who has now raised a whopping £6,956.80 for the Countryside Alliance Foundation – a fantastic effort,” said a CA spokesman.

Paul Gardner run for the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund. He finished in 3hrs 57mins and has raised £1,000 to date.

Did you take part in this year’s marathon for an equestrian good cause? If so, email rachael.hook@timeinc.com for inclusion in this report