Marathon Effort By Local Runner

Last updated: 12.36pm, Monday 9th July 2018 by

Prestwick's very own Bobby Miller presented a cheque for £2,553 to Hansel recently.

The Ayr Seaforth runner raised the money by taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon in April, completing the 26.2 mile course in 4 hours 42 minutes despite having a calf injury.

He was one of more than 40,000 runners taking part in the event, which was a huge success despite temperatures reaching an unseasonal 24 degrees centigrade.

Proudly sporting his London Marathon top and medal, Bobby said: “It seems like ages ago now but every time I tried to count up the sponsorship total, someone else would come up to me with another donation!

I would like to thank everyone so much for all their support – it wasn’t just family and friends, lots of complete strangers read about my efforts in the paper and made a donation to the fund which just shows how highly people rate the work of the charity.”

South Ayrshire Council worker Bobby has been running since giving up playing amateur football thirty years ago and trains five days a week, only taking Sundays and Fridays off. He regularly competes in ultra-distance events.

Debbie Campbell, Fundraising Assistant said Bobby has been fantastic ambassador for the charity and he has raised an incredible amount of money which will be put to very good use. He is a real inspiration to all of us.

The London Marathon, which is in its 38th year, was founded by former Olympic Champion and journalist Chris Brasher and athlete John Disley. Set over a largely flat course around the River Thames, the race begins at three separate points and finishes in The Mall alongside St James’s Park.

This year’s winners were both Kenyan – with Vivian Cheruiyot leading the women’s race and Eliud Kipchoge finishing first in the men’s race. Sir Mo Farah broke a British marathon record, winning third place in the men’s event.