'˜IT WAS the roar of the crowd that helped me complete the London Marathon.'
So says dad-of-three Kieran Lane, who managed to finish his first-ever marathon in a solid time of 4hrs 14mins.
The 42-year-old, from Havant, said he was overwhelmed by the support of spectators, who lined the streets of the capital five deep to cheer the thousands of fundraisers on.
He said: ‘The crowds were just amazing. They were cheering everybody on and shouting our names.
‘They were high-fiving people and giving me bits of orange.
‘But coming down the last 800m though is something I will never forget.
‘It was immense. There were so many people.’
Kieran had hoped the atmosphere would get him across the finishing line as the furthest had run previously was 17 miles.
He added: ‘Before the race I had a mixture of adrenaline, nerves and excitement.
‘I was doing my best to keep a steady pace and I felt pretty good at the halfway marker.
‘But between mile 17 and 18 things changed. I had a strange sensation down the outside of both my legs. I had no idea what it was.’
Kieran pushed through the pain and was greeted by daughter Chloe, 17, and sister-in-law, Rebecca Watts, at the finishing line. He added he was delighted with his overall time: ‘I would have been over the moon with 4hr 30min and happy with five hours but to get 4hrs 14mins was just amazing,’ he said.
He was running to raise cash for the breast cancer section of Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham. His mum beat breast cancer 20 years ago but it is thought to have returned so it is a cause close to his heart.
Kieran said: ‘There’s a lot of national charities out there but I wanted to do something closer to home.’
To make a donation to Kieran visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Kieran-Lane.