‘Emotional occasion’ as Exmouth Running Belles cross the line

PUBLISHED: 16:30 01 May 2016

Ben and Tim Lupton after the London Marathon.

Ben and Tim Lupton after the London Marathon.


The challenge of the London Marathon has been met by a number of Exmouth runners

Claire Babbage.Claire Babbage.

Six ladies from Exmouth Running Belles took part. Lorraine Kirby-Horne, Cally Rowland, Claire Butt, Louise Hempstead, Jane MacDonald and Claire Babbage all completed the marathon.

Lorraine finished with a time of 3.55.55, Cally and Claire Butt crossed the line at 4.39.49, Louise finished in 3.31.51, Jane crossed the line at 3.37.25 and Claire Babbage finished in 4.16.26.

Exmouth Running Belles secretary Clare Medlock said seeing the women cross the finish line was an ‘emotional occasion’ for the whole club.

She said: “The most emotional story was for Claire Babbage running in memory of her son Harry, who died from cot death 21 years ago.

“We are a very supportive group; the ladies have actually gone out in groups together to support each other before the marathon. We are a women’s running group for ladies of all abilities and ages.”

The Journal reported how blind Ben Lupton was running the London Marathon with his dad Tim.

WESC Foundation pupil Ben, 18, was born with microphthalmia, a disorder in which one or both eyes are abnormally small.

Ben and his dad completed the marathon in 6.43.02 and the pair raised just under £2,000 for the Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia and Coloboma Support charity.

Tim, 43, of Gloucester Road, said: “Ben is delighted to have completed a marathon and the fact it is the London Marathon makes it even more of an accomplishment.”

The Journal reported how Lucy Smith, 34, was running for the Walking With The Wounded charity.

Lucy, despite suffering from a chest infection, crossed the line in 6.55.00.

The 34-year-old revealed she has already signed up to enter the ballot for next year’s London Marathon.

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