Daniel Bayles completes the 2015 London Marathon for DISH!
These are pictures of our brave Marathon runner, Daniel. He continued to run the London Marathon on Sunday 26th April despite the sudden and sad death of his father on the preceding Friday. We send our condolences to his family. His run was a tribute to the memory of his father.
Here is Daniel's report on how the day went:
I’m pleased to report that I completed the London Marathon in aid of Disability Huntingdonshire and a in memory of my father who suddenly the Friday evening before the race. My muscles have recovered but, a blister on my right foot has yet to fully heal. The race started in drizzle but, this soon cleared and was near ideal running conditions, being overcast and cool. I was at the red start in Greenwich Park. I crossed the start at 10:36. I went out of the park to Woolwich, past the ferry, where I turned back through Greenwich, through Surrey Quays and over Tower Bridge. That’s was the hardest part as it’s halfway and I turned right away from the finish. I powered on into the Docklands my legs started to hurt at mile 16 so it was run walk from then on. I went through the shadow of Canary Wharf tower, where route has slightly altered with a new loop by New Billingsgate Fish Market. At St Catharine’s dock the couple that had stopped to get married passed me. I powered past my sister and brother at the Tower of London, where I felt my blisters, and kept going along the embankment, past Big Ben and to mile 26. I ran the last 0.2 miles to the finish in front of Buckingham Palace in a personal best time of 5 hours, 58 minutes and 46 seconds. I beat the rhinos, the man with the beard in the pink dress and Jesus with his cross. I should have felt euphoric crossing the line but, I was subdued wishing my father had hung on to see me finish as he had said he wanted to.
Thanks to Hilary Bayles, Oliver Bayles, Sam Sheldrick, Richard Lyle, Maria Brightwell, Jen Skint, James Constable and Diane Constable for the support on the way round. I couldn't have done it without you.
Dragon Boat Festival Summer 2014
Disability Huntingdonshire at St Neots' Dragon Boat Festival Summer 2014
On the far left: Councillor Andrew Hansard (St Neots)
Next: Michael O'Fee (Advisor Disability Huntingdonshire)
Next: Councillor David Underwood (Godmanchester)
Next: David Morgan (Disability Huntingdonshire Trustee)