Marathon mums complete London challenge

Sue and Holly

Sue and Holly with their medals

Gemma and her medal

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TWO supermums have been proving to their youngsters they can do anything they put their mind to after completing the London Marathon at the weekend.

Fearnhead mum Gemma Antell crossed the finish line after five hours and 24 minutes with her children Lily, aged eight, Lincoln, aged six and Dexter, aged one, cheering her on.

While Great Sankey mum Sue McHugh ran the home straight twice to help her daughter Holly complete her own marathon which the six-year-old had been taking on one mile at a time.

Sue, who completed the marathon in four hours and 30 minutes, added: “It was a really emotional day and I was in tears at the start and half way round.

“We completed Holly’s 26th mile together the day before when we registered and it felt like we had really achieved something when we did the final bit together on Horse Guards Parade after the marathon.

“Lots of people were congratulating Holly and asking for pictures after seeing her on TV as well as giving us donations.”

An anonymous donator helped the pair reach their £5,000 target for Children with Cancer UK before Sue started on Sunday but with a charity ball this weekend, the fundraising total is expected to be more like £5,500.

The 41-year-old added: “It’s been amazing and I think it’s definitely built Holly’s confidence and she will look back when she’s older and realise what she did when she was six.”

Former Warrington Guardian blogger Gemma said she found the 26.2 mile distance ‘pretty tough’ in the heat but was delighted to beat her target of raising £2,000 for Life After Loss.

The 31-year-old said: “The worst thing for me was the weather as all my training runs apart from two had been cloudy and in the rain.

“The day after I felt like I couldn’t move but I also had really bad sunburn on the back of my legs and arms.

“It didn’t matter it was hard to spot my husband and kids as people are cheering you on and have got signs saying things like ‘I don’t know you but I’m so proud of you’.

“The kids have said they are really proud and they want to do it too one day which is another thing I wanted to achieve showing them they can do anything they put their mind to.”

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