Two friends from Oswestry in Shropshire proudly crossed the finish line at Sunday’s London Marathon to raise thousands of pounds for The Children’s Society.

Sara Elliot and Sarah-Jane Stone (34) completed the gruelling 26.2 mile course in 5hours 19 and 5hours 13 on Sunday 22 April to support the charity’s work with the most vulnerable children across the country affected by issues such as poverty, abuse and neglect.

The friends were both novice runners and this was their first ever marathon. They are both passionate about helping children and young people – a cause that led them to run for the charity. So far, they have raised a collective £3,789 towards the charity’s work with vulnerable children and young people.

Reflecting on their achievement, Sara said: “We are glad to have completed the London Marathon but ask us in a week if it will be our last – once the achy legs have gone, and the blisters have subsided! The Children’s Society is a really important charity and we would like to thank our friends and family at mile 14 as we were both in tears reaching that point and it really made a difference. The sunshine was relentless and they provided the boost we needed for the second half.”

The Children’s Society’s Supporter Engagement Officer, Leah Crowther says: “Completing the London Marathon is a truly remarkable accomplishment and Sara and SJ’s outstanding efforts will help to make a real difference to young people’s lives. We are so grateful to Sara and SJ, along with all of our London Marathon runners for taking part and supporting our vital work.”

Sara online sponsorship page can be viewed at

Sarah-Jane’s sponsorship page can be viewed at