A LONDON Marathon runner who completed the race in memory of a tragic schoolgirl has thanked the generous people who have helped him rake in £4,000 for charity.
Stephen Hope, a technician at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Hartlepool, took part in the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday completing the 26.2-mile route in three hours and 40 minutes.
The 32-year-old completed the challenge in memory of tragic youngster Becky, who died in January 2012 from a cancerous brain tumour.
And the hefty sum he raised will be given to Clic Sargent, the charity that helped to care for her.
Stephen said: “I’ve had a ring round and I will have raised just over £4,000 when all the money comes in.
“I would like to thank the amazing staff, parents and children from Scallywags Nursery for their support and fundraising.
“My family for all of their support over the last sevenmonths of training and their fundraising efforts, in particular my wife Charlotte, who has had to put up with me.
“Also my work colleagues and friends at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, who have been supportive and generous in their donations, and my close circle of friends, and everyone else who has donated.”
He added: “The race itself was an amazing experience. Tough, but rewarding beyond belief.
“Over 38,000 runners hit the streets of London most running to raise money for their chosen charities and it was great to be a part of it. It was an emotional day and one that will stay with me forever.”