INSPIRATIONAL James Chevis from Midhurst ran the London Marathon for Epilepsy Action, raising more than £2,032.15 and smashing the fundraising target the charity set of £1,750.
James completed it in an impressive 4:31:19 and said he ‘couldn’t be happier’.
“I couldn’t have achieved this without the support of my family and girlfriend Lyla,” said James.
“I actually did it! I ran the whole thing too and surprised myself with an official time of 4:31:19.
“The first 18 miles I ran very comfortably and must’ve been using all the energy from the crowd.
“Miles 19 and 20 got a little harder then suddenly wham! The negative voices in the head got louder and I started to feel a bit rough.
“My legs really started seizing up out of nowhere.
“I slowed right down and began hobbling rather than running. However I gradually picked up the pace for the last few miles as I just couldn’t wait to get to the end.
“My legs felt so sore and it felt so unnatural using them at this point. The crowd became even louder and I could hear them through my headphones. “Then thankfully, a sign saying final 600 yards appeared and I thought, I might never do this again, so thought I’d make the most of my moment and I began to sprint for the finish line, it was awesome. I was so proud.
“I had my family and girlfriend Lyla waiting for me along with Epilepsy Action in St James’ Park where refreshments and a massage were waiting for me. It turned out that the massage was in fact more painful than running 26.2miles.
“What is equally as important, if not more so, is that I raised more than £2,032.15 for Epilepsy Action. I beat my fundraising target the charity set of £1,750 so I couldn’t be happier.
“I couldn’t have achieved reaching my target without the help and support of my family and especially girlfriend Lyla, who all put up with my training highs and lows.
“I also wish to thank everyone who sponsored me, they know who they are and so do I. I will eventually get around to thanking them all personally.
“I must give a special thank you to Mike Fulcher and Elaine Moss of The Greyhound Pub, Midhurst who kindly hosted a charity quiz night and raffle and also gave away a dinner for two.
What is equally as important, if not more so, is that I raised more than £2,032.15 for Epilepsy Action. I beat my fundraising target the charity set of £1,750 so I couldn’t be happier
“I was also overwhelmed by the generosity of the Midhurst businesses who donated a fabulous selection of prizes and helped us raise more than £530 on the night itself.
“They really did exceed my expectations as I wasn’t expecting much and so this should also be duly noted.”