London Marathon runner Nick helps Headway

Marathon runner Nick Owen throws a heel kicker out half way through the London Marathon on Tower Bridge. (s)
Marathon runner Nick Owen throws a heel kicker out half way through the London Marathon on Tower Bridge. (s)

A keen cyclist from Clitheroe who swapped his bike for running shoes completed the London Marathon on Sunday in under four hours.

And novice runner Nick Owen (40), of Henthorn Road, Clitheroe, who began running last April, has so far raised £2,174 for the charity Headway East Northants, based in Irthlingborough.

Finally getting to do it made all them nights of winter training, shin splints, ice baths definitely seem worth it

Nick Owen

This charitable organisation providing support and services to those individuals, family members and carers affected by an acquired brain injury.

Nick, who works at Clitheroe Light Engineering, said: “Well after a full year and 567 miles of training I finally got the feeling of running down the Mall at the end of a challenge which was the reason for the doing the London Marathon.

“While running round the Cutty Sark and over Tower Bridge it sent a shiver down my spine with the amount of people cheering and giving their support which was truly unbelievable and something I will treasure for the rest of my life.”

He added: “No words could ever explain what an amazing feeling finally running up the Mall felt like having dreamt about it and thinking about it on every training run. Finally getting to do it made all them nights of winter training, shin splints, ice baths definitely seem worth it.

“I felt good and even managed to do a jump and heel kicker at the half way point on the Tower bridge to entertain the crowds, but then struggled from mile 20 with cramp.”

Nick, who was cheered along by his fiancée Michelle and his step son Nathan, finished in 11,107 position out of 37,675 finishers with a time of three hours and 51 minutes.

He added that he is really happy with the time he completed the race in and can’t thank everybody enough for their support, messages and donations.

Donations can still be made by visiting: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com and searching for Nick Owen’s page.

Everybody that donates will have their name entered into a raffle to win two weekend tickets, kindly donated by Silverstone racing Circuit to either the British touring car championship on September 26th-27th or the British Superbike Championship on October 3rd-4th 2015.