Marathon task joy

Fran Songhurst walking the Derwent Dambuster Challenge
Fran Songhurst walking the Derwent Dambuster Challenge

RUNNERS have done the region proud by competing in Sunday’s London Marathon and helping to raise thousands of pounds in the process.

In recent weeks the Mercury has highlighted the determination of several runners, and as a result, hundreds of people had logged onto the runners’ donation internet pages and pledged cash.

Those who have spent months training for the event and successfully completed the daunting task was Matlock’s Sue Bulley, who has so far raised £826 for Muscular Dystrophy, Darley Dale teacher Michaela Mein who has pulled in £1,137 for Leukaemia CARE and former Highfields pupil and GP Dr Lucy Brook, who raised a brilliant £2,296 for Help for Hospices.

Darley Dale teacher Yvonne Salome Keetley also managed to rake in £1,270 for the Children Liver Disease Foundation, and was greeted by her niece – who underwent a liver transplant at the age of 11– at the finishing line in London.

Meanwhile, another Matlock woman was competing in a race closer to home – The Derwent Dambuster 10k Challenge.

Frances Songhurst walked the ten kilometre route on behalf of local charity Challenge Cancer Through Adventure.

Her husband, Tony, who suffers from cancer, had originally signed up to do the challenge, however as the time drew nearer he fell ill and was unable to compete.

Frances said: “Tony had already raised £400 and it just felt someone needed to complete it on his behalf so I stepped up.”

She said she hoped her effort would inspire more people to donate money to the cause.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting