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Marathon man keeps on running

Marathon man Shea Holland may have run London in aid of local charities, but he's not done with his fundraising efforts yet.

Shea in his London Marathon finisher's T-shirt shows off his medal to Mayor of Boston, Cllr Colin Brotherton

He plans to boost his total with donations of products from local companies which he is going to auction off.

All money raised will go to Boston Mayor, Cllr Colin Brotherton's charities - Barnabas Hospice, Boston Branch, and DOCATEF (Detection of Cancer and Treatment Equipment Fund) - and the Butterfly Hospice.

Shea, of Tower Road, Boston, popped into Boston Borough Council offices to chat to the Mayor about his marathon experience and show him his finisher's medal.

He told the Mayor how his specially-printed "Running for the Mayor's Charities, Boston, Lincolnshire" T-shirt attracted attention at the assembly point in Greenwich. The shirt was the idea of Boston Borough Councillor Carol Taylor and supplied and printed by Chris Cook Print and Office Supplies, of Main Ridge East, Boston.

Shea said: "Quite a few people stopped me because they thought I was from Boston, Massachusetts. They were not aware of the link between our Boston and Boston over there until I told them."

Shea shed the T-shirt for a more breathable lightweight running shirt that had his name on it and said he was amazed at the numbers of complete strangers in the crowd who called out his name in support.

"It was deafening running through Canary Wharf. Everyone was enjoying it and helping with offers of sweets and drinks," he said.

Shea finished in four hours, 27 minutes and 53 seconds, enjoying a steady run without incident and no injuries. In fact he had a 30-minute walk at the finish to be reunited with his family, and then played tag in the park with his children.

He has entered his name in the ballot next year's London Marathon and will accompany his sons on a fun run at Woodall Spa.

If you have not been contacted by Shea and want to donate an item for his marathon charity auction email him at shealeighholland@yahoo.co.uk

If you want to help Shea support the Butterfly Hospice you can make a donation via www.charitygiving.co.uk/shealeigh or email him at shealeighholland@yahoo.co.uk

If you want to help Shea support the Mayor's Charities - St Barnabas Hospice, Boston Branch, and DOCATEF (Detection of Cancer and Treatment Equipment Fund) - contact Alison Hull, the council's civic and member services officer on 01205 314511 or email her at alison.hull@boston.gov.uk

Or you can do both!