Runners from across Worcestershire are in recovery mode after completing the London Marathon.

More than 40,000 people took to the streets of the capital to take on the daunting 26.2 mile course, many raising money for causes close to their hearts.

Plenty of county residents could be spotted amongst the crowds, including three St Richard’s Hospice staff members, Aly Grout, Matt Tudor, and Emma Kerton.

Aly dressed up as the charity’s emblem, a snowdrop, as she finished the race in four hours and 14 minutes.

“The crowds were second to none, and I absolutely loved the experience!” she said.

Worcester News: Emma Kerton, Matt Tudor, and Aly GroutEmma Kerton, Matt Tudor, and Aly Grout (Image: Emma Kerton., Matt Tudor, and Aly Grout)

Emma added: “The crowds were so supportive and generous and really helped everyone through it. I feel hugely proud to have finished and to have raised funds for our lovely hospice.”

The trio were joined by 11 others in raising money for St Richard’s, bringing in a total of £26,576.15.

Fundraising director, Tricia Cavell, said: “We are immensely proud of all our runners, and send our congratulations to each of them!

“The money they have raised will help continue to fund our care, enabling us to be there for patients and their loved ones when they need us most.”

Worcester News: Emma Kerton., Matt Tudor, and Aly GroutEmma Kerton., Matt Tudor, and Aly Grout (Image: Emma Kerton., Matt Tudor, and Aly Grout)

Luke Boxall, 36, also took on the challenge, raising money for the Worcester Foodbank, run by All Saints church, where he has been a regular attendee since moving to Northwick 18 months ago.

After completing his first-ever marathon, he said: “It was great fun and incredibly inspiring seeing everyone running together and supporting such great causes.”

Meanwhile, Michael Mooney, a Blackpole Inn regular, took the opportunity to raise money for Whizz-Kids, a charity which provides wheelchairs for young people.

He said: “This was the second London Marathon I’ve done for Whizz-Kids.

“I injured myself in the first and it wasn’t a good day at all, but this year went great!”

Worcester News: Michael Mooney and Luke BoxallMichael Mooney and Luke Boxall (Image: Michael Mooney and Luke Boxall)

Many who didn’t get a place in the marathon completed their own virtual races closer to home.

Pershore Plum Plodders member Claire Elston, 39, took on the challenge for the local RSPCA branch, from whom she adopted two kittens, Eric and Minty.

“I’ve raised £849 and would love to make it to £1,000!” she said.

“The RSPCA desperately need our help and support.

“I've absolutely loved raising money for them and they have been so supportive every step of the way.”

Worcester News: Claire Elston completed a virtual marathon for the RSPCAClaire Elston completed a virtual marathon for the RSPCA (Image: Claire Elston completed a virtual marathon for the RSPCA)