A runner says he “couldn’t be happier” after raising thousands of pounds for a Stanmore charity through running the London Marathon.
Dean Tearle completed the 26.2-mile route through the streets of the capital on April 23 and raised more than £4,000 for Aspire, a charity that supports people with a spinal cord injury.
He completed the iconic marathon in five hours and 18 minutes, saying: “I doubt Mo Farah could run for that length of time.”
Dean has worked at Aspire for seven years and has seen first-hand the amazing work the charity does in supporting people with a spinal cord injury.
Running the marathon has been his dream since he first watched it in person 10 years ago. That memory stayed with him and he added signing up for a marathon to his bucket list of 40 things he wanted to do before he turned 40 years old.
He said: “So many hours of training, so many donations from friends, family, colleagues, customers and people, the messages of support and encouragement, and all those people that came out on a rainy Sunday to support everyone made the whole day worth it.
“It felt so good to be running amongst a sea of people all raising money for different charities, with their own goals and reasons for being there.
“I have raised more than £4,000 for Aspire, including gift aid, and I couldn’t be happier. I know what a difference it makes to people who have sustained a spinal cord injury. Thank you to everyone for their support; it means the world to me.”