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Hook marathon man who ran from Paris to London honoured by charity award
MARATHON man Alex Johnson has been recognised for his remarkable fundraising feat after he ran from Paris to London in six days.
The 25-year-old, of Middle Mead, Hook, ran 215 miles in July this year, running more than a marathon a day – a feat that left him on crutches with a stress fracture in his foot and damaged ligaments.
This month, the former Robert May’s School pupil was named fundraiser of the year by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign – one of two charities that benefited from his gruelling challenge.
He travelled to Nottingham to receive the award and met the charity’s president, BBC TV presenter and former professional tennis player Sue Barker.
Alex said: “It was amazing to win – I did not expect that at all.
“Sue Barker was really nice and said she had taken an interest in what I had done and my blog. People at the ceremony came up to meet me. It was very surreal – my five minutes of fame – but it was very nice.”
Alex raised nearly £8,000 from the run and other events, such as a car boot sale and a raffle.
The money will be split equally between the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and Basingstoke charity RadCan – this year’s chosen charity at The AA’s Fanum House, in Basing View, where Alex works as an analyst.
But the challenge took a toll on Alex’s body, and he was forced to work from home for weeks and had to use crutches to get around.
He said: “It was horrific and ridiculously hard doing the run. The first three days were not horrendous but by the end of day four, I was in real pain and on day five I was in agony.
“When I finished, I had a massive high, but a couple of hours later, I crashed really hard. I was shaking and throwing up.”
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