London Marathon runner Andrew Smith successfully completed Sunday’s London Marathon in under 4 hours, raising £1,407 for British based Kenyan charity African Children’s Fund in the process.
12 weeks of training, through snow, rain, hail and sun helped him to complete the course in 3 hours, 51 minutes and 38 seconds.
African Children’s Fund is a charity working to break down the barriers preventing African children leading happy and fulfilled lives.
For each £1 donated, 14 bowls of porridge can be provided to feed the children at one of the charity’s eight schools in and around Thika. When parents cannot afford to feed their children, they have to work, beg or scavenge for food when they should be at school. The provision of a nutritious porridge meal once a day eliminates this problem entirely and enables them to concentrate fully at school.
A £5 donation enables the charity to provide female students with sanitary towels, underwear, private toilets and hand-washing facilities.
Done. I've done it. I've bloody well done it. Sub 4 marathon. pic.twitter.com/0FfVnTtU55
— Andrew Grundy Smith (@GrundyOxford) April 23, 2017
Andrew is also taking part in the Berlin Marathon in September.
This year’s Marathon around England’s capital city proved to be a successful day for Kenyan runners.
24 year-old Daniel Wanjiru won the men’s race in 2:05:56 with fellow Kenyan Bedan Karoki finishing third with a time of 2:07:41.
But the big story of the day Mary Keitany breaking Paula Radcliffe’s women’s-only world record to win today’s London Marathon. The 35-year-old crossed the finish line on The Mall in two hours 17 minutes one second, the second-fastest time in the race’s history. Her time was 41 seconds quicker than four-time British Olympian Radcliffe when she won the event in 2005.
If you would like to contribute to Andrew’s fund raising effort, you can still do so via his Virgin Money Giving page.