THE pain and suffering was worthwhile as Rugby League legend Kevin Sinfield and friend Chris Stephenson raised more than £4,000 for Prostate Cancer UK by running the Virgin Money London Marathon.
The Delph-based Sinfield, 37, completed the run in 3hrs 36min, more than five minutes slower than in his debut marathon in London 12 months ago.
Sinfield said: “The fact my time was slower was down to the heat which made it really tough.
“You train in the cold and wet all winter and then turn up and find heat rising from the tarmac.
“I started to cramp after 20 miles, but was not alone as thousands of others were also doing so.
“It was down to losing electrolytes and sodium from your body.”
Sinfield added he was still pleased with his time given the conditions.
He continued: “To finish after running in that heat was pleasing and the main thing was to get home safe and sound.
“And it was all about raising awareness of prostate cancer, the third biggest cancer that has recently overtaken breast, and money for Prostate Cancer UK.”
Sinfield added he will be continuing his fundraising for the cancer charity, but is not sure whether he will be running London in 2019.
“I am keen to run the Manchester Marathon but, as it is close to London, don’t think it would be smart to do both.
“I definitely want to do London again, though,” he remarked.
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