Marathon success for Islanders

By Sara Bryce

Monday, April 14, 2014


Marathon success for Islanders

Isle of Wight runner David Churchill, who took part in this year's London Marathon.

DOZENS of runners from the Isle of Wight headed to the capital to take part in the sun-baked 34th London Marathon yesterday (Sunday).

Running for a host of charities including Beaulieu Respite, Sophie Rolf's trust KissyPuppy and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Islanders joined around 36,000 runners to tackle the epic 26.2 mile challenge.

The fastest runner to hail from the Island was 19-year-old Ben Douglas, of Newport, and a member of the Durham City Harriers, who crossed the line after just 2 hours 31 minutes and 23 seconds — just 27 minutes behind race winner Wilson Kipsang of Kenya.

Among the other Islanders was David Churchill, of Captain's Parade, East Cowes, who was running in aid of Helen Rollison Heal Cancer.

David said: "I was OK for seven miles and then I hurt my ankle. I damaged the ligaments a few weeks ago.

"I'm going to accident and emergemcy to get it checked it out, but I managed to hobble round."

For more coverage on the Island's marathon runners, please see the Isle of Wight County Press, on Thursday, April 17.



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