The efforts of four runners in yesterday’s London Marathon means over £12,000 has been raised to support a local youth charity’s work with disadvantaged and struggling youngsters.

The Ambleside based Brathay Trust works with 6,000 children and young people a year across the north of England. It says the total raised by the runners will allow another 50 vulnerable youngsters to benefit from the life changing effect of a Brathay residential experience.

Chris Heaton, a trustee of the Ambleside based Brathay Trust, Jonathan Lee a director with CN Media Group in Barrow, and Ellan Iaquaniello who has run the charity’s ‘10in10’ twice and new Brathay supporter Paul Simpson, joined the thousands of runners who took to the capital’s streets to compete.

The world famous marathon brings together people of all ages and abilities – elite, amateur and fun runners - to tackle the 26 mile course. There are four main races, starting at different times in the morning. The exhausting final three miles take place along the Embankment, past Big Ben and Buckingham Palace and finish at the Mall.

This year UK astronaut Tim Peake also ran the equivalent distance on a treadmill in the International Space Station (ISS).

Brathay’s Head of Fundraising, Scott Umpleby, was there to cheer the four runners on and he said:

Chris is no stranger to a running a marathon having tackled the 10in10 twice and 30 marathons in 30 days. This time, to make it more difficult he was dressed in a suit and bowler hat for his day in the City. This was also a special marathon for Ellan who has run 130 so far. She said it’s her last, bar the Brathay 10in10 Lap of Honour at our Marathon on 22 May.

“What the team has done is just incredible. The hard work and commitment of people like this to support our cause allows us to go on delivering life changing experiences to children and young people.”