Neil completes fifth marathon to raise cash for Fareham centre

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Keen marathon runner Neil Hawkins raised hundreds of pounds for charity by completing the London Marathon.

Neil, from Mediation Now, took on the challenge and raised nearly £1,250 for The Rainbow Centre in Fareham.

The Rainbow Centre does incredible work.

Neil Hawkins

He completed the race in 4hrs 28mins.

This is the fifth marathon Neil has completed, having run the London event previously in 1991 and 2005, the New Forest Marathon in 1999 and the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon in 2015.

He says: ‘My best time ever was in 1991 with 3hrs 47mins but at the age of 19 years old.

‘This last attempt at the London Marathon almost didn’t happen as I had a year of interrupted training due to illness and injury, so considering everything – including a cramp at 18 miles that slowed me down quite a bit - I am pleased to have completed to this year’s race.’

He adds: ‘The Rainbow Centre does incredible work.

‘I have seen this personally through the progress of my son’s best friend, a seven-year-old who has benefited greatly from attending the centre.‘

The Rainbow Centre supports children with cerebral palsy and other motor skill problems as well as adults with Parkinson’s disease or who have suffered a stroke.

Lucy Rumming, fundraising manager, says: ‘We are very grateful to Neil for his tremendous achievement. Since we rely solely on funding from donations, it’s the result of contributions such as Neil’s that keep the centre and its services available.’