County Hall marathon man raises hundreds for charity

County council officer Nic Martin says he enjoyed one of the best days of his life after completing the London Marathon and raising hundreds of pounds for charity.

Nic, 28, Community Safety Co-ordinator based at County Hall in Aylesbury, finished the epic race in four hours, 39 minutes on Sunday.

It was his first London Marathon and, so far, he has raised £1,690 for WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

“It was one of the best days of my life, the support from random strangers and my friends was incredible,” said Nic, who was back at work the next day helping to co-ordinate crime prevention across the county.

“It was a unique experience and absolutely brilliant. The memories of all the fantastic support and sights of London are helping me get past the soreness in my legs. I promised myself that I would finish with a sprint down The Mall and I did but I think I am paying for that now. A great day that I will remember forever.”

WheelPower Fundraising Manager Jo Hall said: “Nic has been incredibly supportive to WheelPower, and managed to train and prepare for the London Marathon in a matter of a few months. Every one of those nights spent pounding the streets in training has helped raise sponsorship for the charity.

“WheelPower are incredibly grateful for each of our 12 runners who have been on this journey with us. Every penny raised can help make a difference to the lives of disabled children and adults with our sport programmes at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.”

Neil Gibson, Managing Director for Transport EconomyEnvironment at Buckinghamshire County Council, said: “We are really proud of what Nic has achieved and his support for WheelPower is a real credit to him. This is another excellent example of the voluntary activity our staff do throughout the Council.”