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Boston duo complete hottest London Marathon

Two of Boston Borough Council's finest survived when all about were falling by the wayside... at this Sunday's London Marathon in the hottest ever conditions.

More than 40,000 runners took part, with many suffering as temperatures peaked at more than 24C.

Among the finishers were colleagues and friends for almost 20 years Hannah Sear and Emma Hardy, who both work in the council's revenues and benefits section.

They both ran in aid of the charity Cardiomyopathy UK. Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle and Hannah's father suffers from hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.

After crossing the finishing line with a time of 4:32:45 Emma said: I felt surprisingly good afterwards. Feet are OK, luckily no blisters, but legs are very stiff now."

It was Emma's first full marathon, or race of any kind,  and she said: "It was on my bucket list, and so when Hannah got a place very close to her heart I decided to apply for a place with the same charity. 

"I loved every minute of it but because it was so hot there were a lot of very ill and injured people on the course, over 100 taken to hospital who had collapsed so this did make the day very hard mentally."

It was also Hannah's first-ever race and she recorded a gruelling time of seven hours and 30 minutes. She said: "The event was amazing. The generosity of the London people really stood out. After water stations ran out of water they literally bought bottles of water, ice lollies and ice to give us.

The two have so far raised £4,400. Anyone who wants to donate can still do so via:


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Relief at the finish line for Hannah and Emma

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Medals and cold beer to celebrate for Hannah (left) and Emma