THE LAST two miles of the London Marathon were a struggle for Rolleston man Ralph Huthmacher.
After running for 24 miles cramp had kicked in and he the end suddenly seemed so far away.
However the strength of the crowd got him to the finish line and the sight of his wide and children waiting for him made it all worth while.
Speaking the day after the race, he told the Mail: “I am still sore. It was the toughest thing I have ever done. I was OK until mile 24 then cramp set in and it took ages to stretch it out.
“The last couple of miles were painful and slow. I finished in four hours and 21 minutes, I had been aiming for under four hours but that went out of the window at mile 18.
“The whole experience was fantastic and though the last couple of miles were painful the crowd were fantastic and took my mind off it - that got me going and I burst into tears. When I saw my wife and kids at the end I was sobbing like a baby.
“On Sunday I said I would never do it again but now I know what to expect and am proud of myself. It was a fantastic experience.”
Ralph was raising money for the Rethink mental health charity in memory of his brother-in-law Nick who died last year. He beat his fund-raising target to raise more than £600.
Pete Doughty from Branston crossed the finish line in four hours and 24 minutes.
He has raised a staggering amount of money for Macmillan Cancer Support, with funds currently standing at close to £5,000.
Pete was running in memory of two of his friends who lost their battle with cancer.
Pete had a frog and the cockney rhyming slang term ‘one for the frog’ shaved into his head and sprayed green ahead of the big race as a tribute to his friend Ian Dickerson.