After 18 months of training, fractured bones, torn ligaments and pulled muscles, a coach and mentor from Petersfield is proud to announce he has raised over £1,250 in aid of The Rainbow Centre in Fareham by running the London Marathon.

After many months of physical and mental preparation, Neil Hawkins completed The London Marathon 2016 in 4 hours 28 minutes in order to raise money for The Rainbow Centre, ( a local organisation that supports children with Cerebral Palsy

“The Rainbow Centre does incredible work,” says Neil who works for Mediation Now as a coach and mentor for people after separation and divorce. “I have seen this personally through the progress of my son’s best friend, a seven year old who has benefited greatly from attending the centre.”

This is the fifth marathon Neil has completed, having run the London Marathon previously in 1991 and 2005, the New Forest Marathon in 1999 and the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon in 2015.

“My best time ever was in 1991 with 3 hours 47 minutes, but at the age of 19 years old, I was somewhat younger then,” Neil recalls. “This last attempt at the London Marathon almost didn’t happen as I had a year of interrupted training due to illness and injury, so considering everything – including a cramp at 18 miles that slowed me down quite a bit – I am pleased to have completed to this year’s race.”

“We are very grateful to Neil for his tremendous achievement,” says Lucy Rumming, Fundraising Manager for The Rainbow Centre. “Since we rely solely on funding from public donations, it’s the result of contributions such as Neil’s that keep the centre and its services available for the children and families that need them.”