Casey McKenzie, 18, of Haddenham finishes London Marathon in five-and-a-half hours in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK
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A young man from Haddenham finished the London Marathon last weekend in just over five-and-a-half hours in aid of the Muscular Dystrophy UK charity.
Casey McKenzie says he took part in this year’s race for Muscular Dystrophy UK because his five-year-old niece was diagnosed with the disease when she was just one-years-old.
The 18-year-old, who had never run long distances before, has so far raised more than £5,000 for the charity after setting a modest target of £1,750.
Being cheered on by his family, friends and his niece, Casey managed to finish the race with a time of 5:37:21 on Sunday, April 28.
He said: “Running the London Marathon was one of the best experiences of my life. The atmosphere on the day was absolutely fantastic and I had huge amounts of support.
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“Seeing my niece and the family at mile 12 on Tower Bridge was a real lift and this was a great part of the course to run through.
“I was struggling when I got to the last four miles, but when I got to mile 24 the atmosphere and encouragement in that last stretch was lifting everyone and carried me home.
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“My time of five hours and 37 minutes was much better than I thought I would do and has helped me believe in myself more.
“Running the London Marathon for this incredible charity is my best life experience so far.”