Alex Smith from Sherington, a first time Marathon runner, completed both the Paris and London Marathons, with only seven days between them in April, raising over £1,500 for the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund.
The 22 year old finished in three hours 58 minutes in Paris and a week later in four hours 49 minutes in London. His fund raising was given a fantastic boost by his work colleagues at Grant Thornton in Milton Keynes, the office team organised three dress down day and cake sale and the company also donated part funding for Alex.
Grant Thornton has a long standing relationship with the Ron Pickering Memorial fund which is dedicated to giving young athletes assistance in funding to help them stay in sport and reach their maximum potential. The charity is established in memory of Ron Pickering, a great sports teacher, coach and broadcaster, the importance of the charity is brought into sharp focus in the London Olympic year.
Commenting on his double triumph Alex said;” I come from a sporty family so expectations were high even though the challenge was a first for me. I was really pleased with the Paris result, but underestimated the physical effects of running two marathons in quick succession, so, I had to deal with disappointment over the time for London. I’m over that now we’ve collated all of the money for such a worthwhile cause and a huge thank you to everyone at work for their fantastic support.”