THERE were tears of joy and pride when Jackie Barnes saw her grandson finish his epic 133-mile run to raise money for a cancer charity.
Jamie Brailsford was inspired by his grandmother’s battle with the disease to run five marathons in seven days for Breast Cancer Care.
The 22-year-old ran from Exmouth in Devon, back to his home town of Emsworth, and was greeted by jubilant family and friends.
He said: ‘We knew it was going to be tough but not quite that tough. My legs are still recovering now but it was all worth it.
‘I was running for about three to four hours a day between 9.30am and 6pm with breaks along the way.
‘By the end I was completely exhausted but it’s funny how, when you are six or seven miles from home, all the aches and pains seem to disappear and adrenalin kicks in.’
Mrs Barnes, 66, from Emsworth House Close, Emsworth, has been told by doctors there is nothing more they can do to treat her.
It was her bravery that inspired Jamie to take up such a gruelling challenge.
She said: ‘It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.
‘I’m so proud of Jamie. It’s unbelievable what he has done.
‘It was such a special moment to see him cross the finish line.
‘Everyone was crying. He is a lovely young man, he always has been. Ever since he was little he has been lovely.’
Mrs Barnes surprised Jamie by turning up at the half-way point in Poole, Dorset.
He said: ‘That was really emotional and I shed a few tears.
‘When I got to Emsworth about 40 to 50 friends and family were there to cheer me on and they had lots of Champagne to celebrate.’
Jamie was supported by friend Nathan Baker who cycled alongside him and his dad Bobby who went in a support car.
He smashed the target of £1,500 by £250 and more donations are coming in all the time.
Jamie plans to rest for a while before starting a summer job and saving up to go travelling.
There is still time to add to the total. Go to justgiving.com/jamie-brailsford.