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Shropshire Star reporters Andrew Rea and Andy Richardson were among the thousands who took part in the London Marathon at the weekend.
Andrew, in his first marathon, completed the 26.2 mile course in five hours and 10 minutes, while Andy made it to the finish line in three hours and 52 minutes.

Sophie Livingston is the Wilts and Glos Standard’s new gardening correspondent.
A keen gardener, she has worked for newspapers in Kent and Goucestershire for 12 years and has previously been named Feature Writer of the Year at the BT Southern Press Awards.

The Stirling Observer is holding a ‘Scribbler’s Picnic’ in memory of its former columnist, Graham Whitelaw.
It will be held on July 20 and all proceeds raised from the event will go to various cancer charities throughout Scotland.

The Coventry Evening Telegraph is searching for its most loyal readers.
Readers are now being asked to nominate themselves – or someone they know – and the top six will be invited to meet the paper’s editor, Alan Kirby, and take a guided tour of the newsroom.

A helping hand from the Wilts and Glos Standard meant Lea’s Palm Sunday celebrations could go ahead.
The village had traditionally held a procession headed by Bramble the donkey to mark the day, but he passed away last year. After an appeal in the paper though, a reader stepped in with not one donkey – but two.

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