Congratulations to Head Groundsman Paul Twamley who has successfully completed the London Marathon, raising more than £5,000 for charity. Paul joined the 35,000 other competitors at the start in Greenwich and completed the course in wig, skirt and hairnet, cheered on by supporters lining the 26.2 mile route. It is his second marathon and he ran in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. A bus-load of supporters, including Jean from the restaurant, travelled to London to cheer him on and soak up the party atmosphere.
He said: ‘Taking part was so surreal and different from what you see on TV. I had a nice steady start and did 10k in just over an hour, which is pretty good considering how many people there were on the course. There was a slight incline at about eight miles and I felt my left leg twitching and cramping up. By Tower Bridge at 13 miles I was suffering a lot and had to walk the rest of the course. The spectators kept everyone going. If it wasn’t for them lots of people would have stopped because of injuries and the heat. I just kept my head down and kept going. It was a relief when I crossed the finish line but I almost forgot my medal as I was so tired!
‘Afterwards I had to walk from Horse Guards parade back to King’s Cross and that was a long walk. People were shaking my hand, congratulating me and sounding their car horns as they could see I had got a medal. As a reward that night I treated myself to a kebab! It is the hardest run I have done but I would do it again if I get the chance, so I will be applying to take part next year and I plan to start training again in a couple of weeks.’