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The Marathon Man

15 April 2014

Posh Legend David Farrell completed the London Marathon to raise funds for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.

Former Peterborough United player and current Community Manager Dave Farrell completed the London Road marathon in four hours and 23 minutes, raising thousands of pounds for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hospice.

Farrell, who dyed his hair blonde for the local charity, admitted he hit the 'wall' at 19 miles, but 'plodded' on to the finish where he had an emotional embrace with his family.

'It was emotional at the end. My eyes were filling up. When I saw my wife it was a good moment because she was a bit worried about me finishing. She was trying to track my progress on the website and mine stopped after three and a quarter hours completely so she was concerned as to what had happened!

'It took me 10 minutes for me to calm down before we went to the pub with the people from Sue Ryder. They were fantastic on the day, you could see all the people from Sue Ryder on the route and it really did spur you on.

'It was a great experience, it was everything I expected and more. I don't think I expected the sheer enthusiasm from the crowds. They were six or seven people deep on every part of the route, which was just fantastic. The encouragement from the runners was great as well, you picked each other up when you were flagging.

'There were bands and DJS and music was being played, it was just a great atmosphere. The heat was the hardest challenge. I didn't realise it was going to be that hot if I am honest. I hit the wall at around 19 miles, but I just plodded on. I have no idea how I kept going if I am honest.

'I tried to take everything in, the last three or four miles was me looking at the floor, but I think because it was a clear day, you could really see the sights. Going past the Big Ben was nice because you knew you were close to the finish.

'Getting the medal was fantastic. The medal is going to be framed with the photograph of me coming through the finishing line and that will go next to the Posh shirt on my wall,' Farrell said.

Farrell is raising money for the Sue Ryder hospice and you can still donate at www.justgiving.com/dave-farrell


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