Marathon success for Exmouth fundriasers

PUBLISHED: 10:29 25 April 2013 | UPDATED: 10:29 25 April 2013

Dave Stone at the finish of the London Marathon with his Guinness World Records certificate.

Dave Stone at the finish of the London Marathon with his Guinness World Records certificate.

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Two Exmouth runners are celebrating fancy-dress success after completing last Sunday's London Marathon.

A man who is no stranger to such achievements is Dave Stone, who set his third world record in three years after completing the course in two hours, 42 minutes and 52 seconds while dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

This broke the record for the fastest marathon dressed as a film character, following Dave’s previous records for book character and superhero.

Dave, 43, of Normandy Close, said: “It was an absolutely brilliant day. Going round the course everybody recognised what I was dressed as and I was getting loads of shouts.

“I was well pleased to get the world record. It was quite warm running in that costume, having the long sleeved top, the cutlass and the long trousers.

“My mum and dad went up with my brother and sister and their families to support me as well.”

Dave, who says next year he may dress as a TV character, also collected sponsorship for Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare, which is still to be counted.

While Dave, as an Exmouth Harrier, is a highly experienced runner, Kerry Roffey, 28, of Albion Terrace, had no prior running experience.

Dressed as a fairy, she found the course tough going, but made it to the end in five hours, 30 minutes, raising more than £2000 so far for Action for Children, with donations still being collected at www.virginmoneygiving.com/kerryroffey.

She said: “It was a really good atmosphere with the crowd, and because I had my name on my shirt people chanted my name all the way round.

“It was really hard because it was a lot hotter than I’d been training in, but it was really good. I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has sponsored me. I really appreciate it and I couldn’t have done it without their support.”

There was disappointment for two other Exmouth runners, with Rotary Club members Ian MacQueen and Colin Rowland forced to pull out of the marathon for medical reasons.

However, there is a silver lining for Ian, as he has been entered to run for his chosen charity, Children with Cancer UK, at the Berlin Marathon in September.

Colin has raised funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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