Jamie’s marathon success for Africa

A BOGNOR Regis man was successful in the London Marathon after months of hard training.

Jamie Gray finished the world-famous race in 5hrs-40min-17sec after he set off from Greenwich in brilliant spring sunshine.

His efforts are close to raising £1,000 to help tackle hunger in a region of Africa.

Speaking after the run, Jamie said he was exhausted but really pleased to have finished what was such a tough challenge.

“The atmosphere out there was really amazing and the crowd really helped to pull me round the course. It’s such a relief to have finished. I’m probably going to sleep all day tomorrow,” he said.

The 27 year old is an imports logistics co-ordinator for the Pagham-based Barfoots of Botley horticultural company. He worked hard to maximise his fundraising total by selling homemade bacon sandwiches to his colleagues at the firm’s Sefter Farm base where crops such as sweetcorn and pumpkins are grown. Jamie also held raffles among his friends and family.

The 26.2 miles he tackled on Sunday were his first marathon. He said he had always wanted to take on the challenge and spent the winter training around Bognor and Chichester for the big day. His longest previous run was 21 miles.

His efforts paid off and raised £856 for Farm Africa by the time he finished the marathon. The leading UK charity is working to tackle hunger in eastern Africa by helping smallholder farmers there grow more food through agricultural training and improved technology.