52 miles in 12 hours is no trouble for double marathon man as he raises £3,430 for Addenbrooke’s Hospital
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Crowds of cheering residents armed with balloons and banners greeted Doddington man James Langley as he crossed the finish line, having run 52 miles in 12 hours and raised £3,430 for charity.
The husband and dad, who set himself the challenge of running a double marathon in just one day to raise money for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, was greeted by around 100 residents of the village.
Having completed his final lap - after setting out at 4.30am - James arrived at St Mary’s Church to a fanfare of locals (young and old) who had gathered.
After crossing the finish line with his three-year-old son Morgan holding his hand, James was understandably overwhelmed.
He said: “I’d just like to thank everyone for turning up, it’s really incredible. It makes it all worth it.”
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And when asked how he was feeling, James replied: “I’ve felt better... I just wish the pub was open.”
The Royal Navy Petty Officer decided to take on the double marathon having been inspired by two “local heroes.
“Daniel Eggleton has successfully kicked COVID 19’s bum, after a long stint in Addenbrooke’s intensive care, having to be put into an induced coma.
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James’ wife, Chloe, said: “I’m really proud of him. James never does things by half; he always goes that step further.
“That’s one of the great things about him. Addenbrooke’s have done an amazing job for our family and Dan and Isla who live in the village.
“I’ve always been behind him in everything he does.”
Jason Bullman, a friend of James who ran with him for the last 19 miles, said: “This is an extraordinary effort from James to repay Addenbrooke’s for saving our friend Dan.”
Tina and Rob Leonard, who run The Three Tuns pub, said: “What a fantastic achievement. You have done so well.”
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