Sixth Former Nicholas Osborn has raised over £3,000 for Havens Hospices by completing the London Marathon.
Nicholas crossed the finishing line in The Mall on Sunday in 5hrs 18mins despite still recovering from a sport related injury.
He decided to run for Havens Hospices to thank the charity for the care it is providing for his cousin, Laurel, who has a genetic disease.
Nicholas said: “Little Havens Hospice (a part of Havens Hospices) has played an important part in both caring for Laurel and supporting my family. I wanted to run to it to celebrate the great life Laurel has had and raise money for the place that cares for her so well.”
In preparation for the marathon, Nicholas had completed two half-marathons in times of 1hr 48mins,however his pre-marathon training was hampered after he sustained a knee injury which prevented him from training for the six weeks leading up to last Sunday.
Nicholas said: “The day was an absolutely fantastic experience. I ran it with my uncle who was an unbelievable help at crucial times.
“What struck me most was the support the crowd offered. My family and a few close friends were there to support me and it was this support and the encouragement of the crowds that enabled me to carry on as they constantly reminded me of the reason why I was running. They were urging me on in spite of my aching muscles which became unbearable at around 18 miles.”
Despite the aches and pains, the experience has not put Nicholas off the prospect of entering again.
He said: “I would certainly do it again, the journey of training and the climax of it all on race day was a unique experience which shaped me hugely. I can’t wait to put the running shoes back on!”