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Bexley runners relish London Marathon experience

PUBLISHED: 17:09 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:09 26 April 2013

Simon Stevens

Simon Stevens

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Bexley London Marathon runners have said it was a "tremendous experience" after completing the 26.2 mile course last Sunday (April 21).

Simon Stevens, 47, from Bexleyheath, ran 2,012 miles in a mammoth charity challenge from August 2011 to August 2012 and set himself the equivalent of running more than four marathons in six weeks this year.

He finished in five hours and 17 minutes, admitting he was happy just to complete the course having taken on the Brighton Marathon the Sunday before (April 14).

He said: “I went quite fast and hit the wall. I was quite tired having done a marathon seven days before and I’ll train my attentions towards the London to Brighton challenge at the end of next month.

“I even got mentioned by Brendan Foster on the BBC which is great, hopefully I’ll able to see a video of it.”

Mum Sam Basham, 40, of Royal Oak Road, ran in support of The National Holiday Fund, a charity that takes disabled children away on trips.

She said of her first marathon: “I did it in four hours 46 minutes, under five hours which is what I was aiming for.

“It was a fantastic experience and overwhelming,all my family and friends were out there making sure I got over the line.”

EllenorLions communications officer Tessa Youens, 28, who lives in Queens Road, Welling, only found out she had a place in the London Marathon when one of the charity’s runners dropped out with an injury in January.

She raised more than £5,000 for the children’s hospice charity, completing the challenge in four hours 38 minutes.

Tessa ran in hour of two-year-old Oscar Saunders, who was cared for by EllenorLions before he died in October 2011 from a rare form of cancer.

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