STRODE Park Foundation's main marathon man Martin Rafferty has completed this year's London Marathon in 5 hours and 8 seconds.

The Kent charity's Health and Safety and Quality Lead tackled the gruelling 26.2 mile course in a fantastic time.  

Martin said: "I’m still in shock and awe that it’s finally over and I actually did it. It’s difficult to describe the complicated mix of emotions I feel - overwhelm, triumph, a little bit of pride for the journey, self-respect, and happiness. 

 “The spectators were so awesome. One of my favourite parts of races is reading the hilarious signage, high-fiving random strangers and hearing motivational cheering. I can’t describe how I felt seeing the final 385 yards and the finish line was a great moment. I crossed it, and a wave of disbelief that I had finished.

 “It has been truly the hardest thing I’d ever accomplished, but more than that, my triumph yesterday meant so much to all my family. They have run this with me, bored rigid with my training and washing my kit and I couldn’t have done it without them. Truly, I still can’t believe it.”

Sarah Bingham, Community and Events Fundraiser, added: "It was an absolutely incredible atmosphere in London yesterday and we're just so super proud of Martin for doing such a great job and raising a fantastic amount for Strode Park." 

Around £1,500 has been raised for Strode Park. Our thanks go to Active Life Ltd who sponsored Martin’s running t-shirt. There’s still time to give to Martin’s efforts. Visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/martinrafferty28042019