David Riding, one of the 5 marathon runners raising funds for the Circulation Foundation, gives us his perspective on the race:
'As a vascular surgery registrar and researcher, I am acutely aware of the importance of finding better ways of treating vascular diseases that will affect most people, either directly or as a relative or friend. That research costs money, a substantial proportion of which comes from the charitable sector, and so I was delighted to be given the opportunity to contribute to the fundraising efforts of the Circulation Foundation by running this year’s London Marathon, fulfilling a long-held ambition.
The race was the hottest on record, which was particularly unfortunate given the freezing cold winter training I endured! Despite the heat, the whole event was a wonderful experience, and I was delighted to get round in one piece. I’m very grateful to everyone who helped me to raise £1,130, and to my wife Kim and daughter Eilidh who supported me through the training and during the race, and to the team at the Circulation Foundation who organised it all'.