A steady pace kept 53-year-old Paul Garner on track for the finish line of the London Marathon until just 50 metres from the end when his calves seized up.
But Paul, of Causeway East, Wyberton, didn’t give up and continued until the end – albeit at a much slower pace.
“I still did the full 26.2 miles, but had to walk the last bit,” said Paul. “I felt my calves cramp in the 26th mile and I had to stop to try and massage them. People were shouting, ‘come on, keep going’ as the finish line was just around the corner.
“A woman in the crowd said she was a chiropractor and offered to massage them so police let her through the line and she tried to sort them out for 15 minutes.”
Paul managed to keep going and hobbled through the finish line. His calves have still not recovered and he is now in need of physiotherapy.
Paul’s efforts have raised about £2,000 for the NSPCC.