IN THE LONDON MARATHON
Chiswick trio complete London Marathon
Chiswick residents all completed their first marathons last Sunday.
Mike Ridley, Andy Pieroux and Julian Budd all finished in excellent
times and were able to hobble to the Tabard in the evening to delight
their friends and admirers with tales of their exploits.
Ridley, pictured left, was running
in support of two charities:
Coram Family www.coram.org.uk
- the central London charity
for disadvantaged children supported
originally by Chiswicks own
local hero 'Hogarth' and Norcap
(The National Organisation for
Adoptees and Parents www.norcap.org
). Mike completed the course
in 4 hours 50 minutes which
put him ahead of Frank Bruno.
Pieroux (centre) completed the course in 4 hours and 55 minutes.
Despite limited training and having to break work commitments
in Birmingham to compete, he still managed to beat Nick Bailey,
the actor who plays the doctor in Eastenders .
The Triumphant trio
Budd (right) managed to cross the finishing line in the excellent
time of 4 hours 38 minutes which was in front of Francois Pienaar,
the ex-South African Rugby World Cup captain. This
time was all the more admirable as he had injured his knee and was
unable to train for 8 weeks before the marathon. After 2 months
off, the 26+ miles must have seemed formidable but Jules ran the
entire way. He
was supporting the charity James' Wonderful Wish and Daneline. Unfortunately,
the James mentioned in the charity died 4 weeks ago but his family
were at the race, cheering Jules on.
Left Foot, as improvised by Mike. The over-exposure is to spare
those with delicate constitutions. Those with excellent sight will
be able to spot the prominent blister on the outside of Mike's big
the pain the three experienced, they all agreed on one thing: they
would be running again next year.
Susan Henderson completed the course in 5hrs
1min & 42 seconds and once all her sponsorship
money is in she will have raised over £3000
for MacMillan Cancer Relief. She said, "The
whole experience was fantastic although the
last 10 miles were really tough. I did overtake
Floella Benjamin at 25 miles (on the Embankment)
but given that she is probably about 25 years
older than me I'm not sure that this is hugely
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