Fin­ish­ing with a huge sense of pride

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Tom Dixon, 36, from Amer­sham, fin­ished the race in two hours 58 min­utes – his fastest time yet by 12 mins and un­der the elu­sive three hours he has been seek­ing for five years.

He ran the race in aid of Mo­bil­ity Choice and Scope.

Mr Dixon ( com­peted in his first Lon­don Marathon in 2000, aged 20, and has since en­tered the Dublin, Ed­in­burgh and New York marathons as a well as a cou­ple of ul­tra marathons with dis­tances over 50km.

He has trained hard across the winter months with the Chiltern Har­ri­ers in prepa­ra­tion for the Lon­don event, com­pet­ing in club cross-coun­try com­pe­ti­tions to test his lim­its.

He said: “Once the marathon started, all my pre-race nerves dis­ap­peared. The crowds were great right from the off, and as I was up the front with many Club and Cham­pi­onship run­ners, it was a pretty se­ri­ous at­mos­phere. I didn’t get car­ried away early, but re­mained fo­cused on my race plan. The most in­cred­i­ble parts were the crowds at Cutty Sark and at Tower Bridge. You couldn’t cram any more peo­ple in and the noise was like a wall. I found my­self smil­ing all the way over Tower Bridge, it was so in­cred­i­ble.”

In 2008, Mr Dixon be­gan us­ing run­ning com­pe­ti­tions as a way of fundrais­ing for dis­abil­ity char­i­ties.

He had just be­gun work­ing for Scope hav­ing been in­spired to do so by his aunt, pre­vi­ously a direc­tor of Scope in Wales and a tire­less dis­abil­ity cam­paigner.

In 2013, Mr Dixon joined char­ity Mo­bil­ity Choice as a trustee. He has been able to use his knowl­edge of dis­abil­ity fundrais­ing to sup­port the char­ity and The Mo­bil­ity Road­show – an an­nual mo­bil­ity and ac­ces­si­ble ve­hi­cle test-drive event for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties that is or­gan­ised by Mo­bil­ity Choice.

Mr Dixon added: “The Mo­bil­ity Road­show is a fan­tas­tic event giv­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties the op­por­tu­nity to try ac­ces­si­ble equip­ment, test drive adapted ve­hi­cles and en­hance their own in­de­pen­dence. I would love as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to con­tinue to ben­e­fit from this an­nual event.”

De­spite be­ing in pain at the 18th mile, Mr Dixon says re­mem­ber­ing the two char­i­ties he was rais­ing money for al­lowed him to dig deep and re­main fo­cussed on his race plan.

He said: “I knew friends and fam­ily were there to sup­port me at 22, 23 and 25 miles and that re­ally kept me go­ing – it was quite emo­tional. Coming up to­wards the fin­ish, I knew I’d given it my all, I was so proud. It was a huge re­lief to fin­ish but a huge sense of ac­com­plish­ment and pride – es­pe­cially as I fin­ished in my best time yet.

“My thighs were in pieces and go­ing down stairs is agony. My toes aren’t much bet­ter, but it was so worth it. I’m re­ally pleased to have been part of this amaz­ing event and all the bet­ter that I’ve raised money for two bril­liant dis­abil­ity char­i­ties.”

To spon­sor Mr Dixon visit www.just­giv­ing.com/ThomasDixon8.

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