A Harrogate recruitment executive has raised in excess of £1500 for Disability Action Yorkshire by completing the London Marathon.
Despite injuring his knee at the 17mile mark, Sean Nicholson – who was running in the 35th anniversary race – finished the 26-mile course in a time of 4hrs 20mins.
The money the 26-year-old has raised – together with a significant donation from the town’s Harlow Lodge – means the charity now has enough funds to purchase a new, adapted-vehicle, to transport wheelchair-using residents to and from their Claro Road care home.
Sean said: It was the toughest thing I have ever done, but I’m glad I did it. Despite an injury I’m delighted I was able to complete it and raise more than £1500 for Disability Action Yorkshire.
At 17 miles I had a real problem with one of my knees. However, as my mother and partner where at the 22-mile stage, I gritted my teeth and struggled on for another five miles. Then, as the finishing line was just four miles away, this gave me the strength and determination to complete my first ever marathon.
Jackie Snape, Disability Action Yorkshire Chief Executive, said: We are indebted to Sean for running the London Marathon on our behalf and raising what he has.
Sean has worked very hard since his being chosen to run for us, and I’m so pleased he crossed the finishing line despite his injury.
Thanks to him and Harlow Lodge the residents will very soon have a new vehicle for their use.