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Christopher Colhoun

Jo-Anne Dobson (right) and son Mark (far left) with Emma Donaghy and her mum, Claire, at the Belfast Marathon yesterday

Jo-Anne Dobson (right) and son Mark (far left) with Emma Donaghy and her mum, Claire, at the Belfast Marathon yesterday

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Runners set off

Runners set off

Runners from East Antrim Marathon Series at Belfast City Hall

Runners from East Antrim Marathon Series at Belfast City Hall

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

Mairtin O Muilleoir

Mairtin O Muilleoir

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

Laura Graham at finish

Laura Graham at finish

Philip Magowan

Ruth Hosty and Eileen Rock

Ruth Hosty and Eileen Rock

Air Ambulance NI ladies taking part in the walk

Air Ambulance NI ladies taking part in the walk

Matthew Lovett cooling down his mum Laura

Matthew Lovett cooling down his mum Laura

Christopher Colhoun

More than 460 people ran yesterday's marathon in memory of Tyrone teacher Christopher Colhoun - who died tragically earlier this year - raising tens of thousands of pounds for the school he loved.

The fundraising total is expected to reach around £50,000 when all pledges are tallied. The runners - some from as far away as America - had got behind a campaign by Christopher's widow, Lisa, to raise money for Donaghmore Primary School, where she and her late husband worked.

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Pomeroy man, Christopher (33), who was a member of Tyrone's 2007 McKenna Cup panel, died on the day his wife was to begin teaching in the same school. He died suddenly a day after being taken into hospital with complications from a bout of flu.

After her husband's death in January, Lisa decided she would run the Belfast Marathon in his memory - the first marathon she had ever undertaken.

"It was a fantastic day all round," Lisa's father, Sean, said yesterday after the race ended.

"The turnout was great - it's been a massive lift for everyone.

"Losing Christopher had really knocked us all for six. I didn't realise just in how much esteem he was held by so many people."

Lisa ran the full 26 mile marathon in tribute to her late husband.

"It took her nearly five hours, but she was determined to do it for him - and she did," her father said.

Belfast Telegraph