IT was literally an ‘eyeballs out’ effort for a musician and mum who ran in to the record books at the London Marathon.
Emma Denton from Cam covered the 26.2 miles on Sunday in three hours and 52 minutes, dressed as an eyeball.
She not only raised more than £3,600 and counting for the fight against inherited blindness but has secured a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest human organ fancy dress marathon runner.
She wasn’t the only runner to hit personal and sponsorship targets, as Stroud competitors dug deep and brought charity cash rolling in.
“The crowds were just amazing,” said Emma, 36, a professional cellist with the Carducci Quartet. “It was a bit bizarre to hear people shout ‘Go eyeball go!’ but it was wonderful.”
Her marathon personal best is 3:23 but she wisely opted to go for a steady run because of the higher temperature inside the eyeball, made by her mum. She beat the old record for an organ by 36 minutes.
She is raising money for Retinitis Pigmentosa, RP Fighting to Beat Inherited Blindness. Her son, Charlie, seven, has a rare genetic condition, Ushers Syndrome and went profoundly deaf at the age of three and his eyes are very sensitive to light.
She was at the start line with other fancy dress entrants, including a Jamaican bobsleigh team, a marching band, and a telephone box.
Inside the red box was Sid Keyte, whose family live in Amberley.
He raised just over £5,500 for mental health charity MIND, and became the fastest phone box runner
He carried a 15kg cardboard cut out of a telephone box all the way along the course.
Nailsworth teacher Sarah Edwards completed her first marathon in just over five-and-a-half hours and raised more than £2,100 for the Spring Centre Trust Fund in Quedgeley - it helped her family when her daughter Stacey was born with a syndrome which affected the development of her lungs and a heart defect. She died before her fourth birthday in 1994.
Nurses and Stroud Athletics Club runners Colin and Karen Waller from Kingscourt, Rodborough both hit their targets for Stroud Womens Refuge and the Cinnamon Trust respectively. The trust cares for pets of people who are terminally ill and keeps them at home with their owners.
*To sponsor Emma, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EmmaDenton
To donate to Sid, log on to http://www.justgiving.com/Sid-Keyte1
Sarah’s fundraising page is at http://original.justgiving.com/SarahEdwards90
Colin’s cause is at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/wollah
Karen’s donation page is at http://www.everyclick.com/curlyk/info