28 Apr 2017
Andy with his London Marathon medal

Andy in the London Marathon

Andy Davidson, Senior Controls Engineer for The Automated Technology Group, is celebrating completion of the London Marathon – his first ever marathon – in under four hours. Having run several half marathons but never the full 26 miles and 385 yards, Andy was delighted with his finish time of 3h 43m 49s.

“I only started preparing in earnest 11 weeks beforehand,” said Andy, “and training was pretty tough – I lost three toenails and a stone in weight. On the day itself, the last 10k of the course was really hard; a lot of competitors were walking by then and it was very tempting to stop and walk with them. However, the crowd helped to keep me going. I was blown away by the atmosphere and I also had some family and friends along the course to cheer me along.”

Andy in the London MarathonAndy’s efforts have raised an impressive £900 for WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, which is based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympics. “I would like to thank my colleagues for being so generous in their support for me and the charity,” said Andy. “It really means a great deal.” Anyone wishing to add to Andy’s total for WheelPower can do so by donating here.

Would he do it again? “I’m not sure if I would do the London Marathon again,” said Andy, “but I might do another one somewhere else. The Marathon du Medoc in the south of France – where you drink wine and eat cheese at the refreshment stations – sounds like more fun!”

Andy with his London Marathon medal