Magnificent marathon effort by local heroes

TWO FEET and three wheels were the contrasting modes of taking part in the Virgin London Marathon and Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon for David Broadbent and Catherine Stott.

FINISH LINE... David Broadbent on The Mall with his medal
FINISH LINE… David Broadbent on The Mall with his medal

David, a 33-year-old Sales and Marketing Executive at Oldham Athletic, raised £2,750 for Prostate Cancer UK by completing the 26 miles and 385 yards.

The former Delph Primary and Saddleworth School pupil overcame blisters and sunburn to complete the marathon in six-and-a-half hours.

David, who was raised in Delph and played football for 3D Dynamos, admitted it was his first and last marathon.

“It was a great experience and I am delighted to have done it, but never again,” he said.

Catherine, a year eight pupil at Saddleworth School, took part in the Mini Marathon in her racing wheelchair.

She completed the three-mile course in 24min 13sec finishing fifth out of 11 in the under-14 age group.

Catherine also recently won the Lottie Wilcocks 5k wheelchair race at Rochdale in a time of 31min 15sec.

ON YOUR MARKS...Catherine Stott at the Mini Marathon with Premier League footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
ON YOUR MARKS…Catherine Stott at the Mini Marathon with Premier League footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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