Women run for causes close to their hearts

Caroline Gasper (pictured left) who ran the London Marathon in aid of the Dogs Trust. EMN-150428-102244001

Caroline Gasper (pictured left) who ran the London Marathon in aid of the Dogs Trust. EMN-150428-102244001

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Four super women from across Rutland took on the gruelling 26.2 mile race through the streets of London on Sunday, all to raise vital funds for causes close to their hearts.

This year’s London Marathon was especially poignant for marathon runner, Caroline Gasper, 40, who ran her 10th marathon on Sunday.

Katie Bangs, from Oakham who ran the London Marathon for Spinal Research. EMN-150428-170145001

Katie Bangs, from Oakham who ran the London Marathon for Spinal Research. EMN-150428-170145001

Caroline, who is a veterinary surgeon, has completed marathons across the world and this year ran for the Dogs Trust, raising over £1,600.

She said: “This year was the best I’ve ever felt in a marathon. The atmosphere was electric, it was really special.”

For fellow runner Katie Bangs, 24, from Oakham, Sunday was also a special day, being her third London Marathon in memory of her sister Kimberley.

Katie has raised more than £6,000 for both Spinal Research and Meningitis Now, over the past few years.

Janine Donlan, from Oakham who ran the London Marathon for Children with Cancer. EMN-150428-162736001

Janine Donlan, from Oakham who ran the London Marathon for Children with Cancer. EMN-150428-162736001

She said: “This run was very moving, running in memory of my sister. I was in floods of tears and joy as I crossed the finish line - it was an overwhelming feeling.”

Janine Donlan, 34, from Oakham ran this year’s marathon to help raise vital funds for Children with Cancer.

She has so far raised £3,600 for a number of cancer charities in memory of her dad, Tony, who lost his battle in 2002.

Janine said: “Sunday was really tough, you just hit so many walls but the streets were flooded with people who kept you going.”

Lesley Allen, from Uppingham who ran the London Marathon in aid of Hospice UK. EMN-150428-101354001

Lesley Allen, from Uppingham who ran the London Marathon in aid of Hospice UK. EMN-150428-101354001

House mistress at Uppingham School, Lesley Allen, 51, ran her second London Marathon in aid of Hospice UK, finishing in exactly the same time as the year before.

She said: “Everyone should try it at least once, it’s an amazing experience!”