London Marathon: A personal journey of pain and emotion for Portsmouth runner

Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson
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FOR Gary Anderson completing the marathon was an emotional experience.

The 45-year-old was running to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support – a charity that helped his friend Wendy Barttelot before she died of cancer last September.

The architectural technician broke his collarbone on a snowboarding holiday a few weeks ago.

He said that despite the pain, he was glad he finished and he would be raising a glass to Wendy in celebration last night.

Mr Anderson, from Vernon Road, Copnor, said: ‘It was emotional and painful but well worth it. I would do it again for the same reasons.’

It was Mr Anderson’s second marathon, after he finished last year.

Mr Anderson said: ‘It was fantastic although it was harder than last year mainly down to my collarbone but the atmosphere was amazing.’

He raised more than £3,000 for the charity and finshed with a time of 4hrs 51mins 53 secs.

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