A HEMSWORTH man has run the London Marathon in less than five hours - and raised thousands for charity.
Jason Garrick, of Cotswold Close, completed the 26-mile run - his first ever marathon - in just four hours and 57 minutes on Sunday.
He has raised around £6,000 for Cancer Research UK, thanks to his employer Barclays Bank, which has matched his fundraising pound for pound.
Mr Garrick, 37, boosted his total with a race night and by collecting sponsorship from family and friends.
He also received donations from rugby clubs around West Yorkshire as he referees at matches across the county.
Mr Garrick, who is originally from New Zealand, decided to fundraise for Cancer Research UK as he used to work in the same building as the charity in London. He has also lost three grandparents to cancer in the past.
Mr Garrick spent eight months training for the marathon as his previous running experience included a number of 10k events over the past few years.
He said he now had the marathon bug and was keen to take part in runs in New York or Boston.
He said: “My target was to complete the marathon in less than five hours and to raise £2,000, so I am very happy with how it went in both respects.
“The marathon was supposed to be a one-off, but the event was amazing, you just can’t describe the level of support from so many people. The cheers and name chanting just spurs you on and gives you a boost when you need it most.
“I’m now hoping to do an international marathon, maybe in New York next year, and it wouldn’t surprise me if I signed up for the London Marathon again in the future.
“It would be nice to improve on my time.”