A Banbury man who completed his first ever London Marathon yesterday (Sunday) has raised around £1900 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Ben McCallum, 25, finished the gruelling 26.2 mile race in 3 hours, 13 minutes and 58 seconds. He said: “I felt really, really good up until 20 miles in then I started to tire out. At 23 miles I hit the wall and when that happens your whole body is screaming at you to stop.”
Mr McCallum, who works for the or the Brady Corporation on Wildmere Road, said he decided to take part in the marathon after his friend and flatmate Danny Field was diagnosed with testicular cancer while out backpacking in Australia last year.
Luckily the cancer was diagnosed early on but Mr McCallum said he and his friend were grateful for the support and information provided by the charity.
“I wanted to raise money for Macmillan and to take on a significant challenge. I know I could do a 10k run so I thought this would be more of a step up.
“I want to say I was feeling good when I finished but it was more like relief; I was in so much pain.”
Mr McCallum was cheered on by 12 friends and family members including proud mum and dad Suzy McCallum and Jez Gage.
If you would like to donate to Macmillan you can do so through is Justgiving page at: http://www.justgiving.com/BenMcCallum.
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