March AC runner Kev raises more than £700 for EACH running first London Marathon

Kev Barnes running the London Marathon.

Kev Barnes running the London Marathon. - Credit: Archant

A runner comfortably broke the four hour barrier in his first London Marathon, raising more than £700 for a children’s hospice charity.

March AC runner Kev Barnes, 40, of Friday Bridge, completed the course in three hours 54 minutes. He raised £709, which will be split between East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and veterinary charity PDSA.

He said: “It seemed so surreal running the marathon and was like my body wasn’t with me. It was a long cold wait in the morning waiting for the run to start but once we set off I felt fine.

“My mate Paul Hensby waited for me at the four mile point as he was in the fast start being an experienced marathon runner and it helped a great deal having him to run the course with.

“I finished in under four hours which I’m really chuffed with for my first attempt! I hobbled around after but the pain eased after a soak in the bath and a cheeky beer.

“It’s great to have raised so much money for EACH, they are a worthy cause who do great work across Cambridgeshire, “I’m pleased to have been able to contribute to this. Also a big thanks to everyone at March AC for this fantastic opportunity and everyone who supported me”

Karen Newton, EACH Cambridgeshire fundraiser, Said: “Congratulations to Kev on completing his first marathon, and for the impressive amount of money he’s raised. We’re thrilled he chose to support us with his fundraising efforts.

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“EACH care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire and support their families.

“This money will go towards these vital services and really make a difference to the local community.”

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