London Marathon: Pompey announcer Touchline Tony comes a cropper - thanks to Lee Bradbury!

Lee Bradbury (left), his daughter Millie and Touchline Tony Male after the race
Lee Bradbury (left), his daughter Millie and Touchline Tony Male after the race
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TOUCHLINE Tony Male came a cropper two miles into the marathon when former Pompey player Lee Bradbury accidentally tripped him up.

Tony – whose nickname comes from his role as a compere at Fratton Park – didn’t let the slip-up get in the way of him finishing and he was quickly bandaged up and got back underway with cuts to his legs and arms.

The duo are well-known names to Pompey fans and they were taking part to raise money for two charities - Children with Cancer UK and The Rowans Hospice.

It was Tony’s 14th London marathon and he said it was the best yet as crowds flocked to cheer on the runners in the good weather.

Tony, 54, from Milton, said: ‘It was a great day. There was a lot of support, even more than last year. It was very hot though too.’

It was the second marathon for Lee, who vowed it won’t be his last.

Lee, 38, said: ‘It went through my mind a few times, when you think of the pain you are in while running, just how much pain the kids are in that we were running for. That’s what you have to keep in mind.

‘There was a really great crowd. It was fantastic and it’s great when you finally finish.’

The pair raised more than £4,000. Tony finished with a time of 5hrs 34mins 49secs and Lee finished in 4hrs 48mins 14secs.