Michael Sanders took part in this year’s London Marathon, his first ever run over that distance; and chose to raise funds for Romsey Mill.

Michael says:

“I was delighted (and rather terrified!) to get a place, via the public ballot, having applied unsuccessfully every year since 2018.

It was a "no-brainer" to use this as an opportunity to fundraise for Romsey Mill. I've had a long-term commitment to doing so since I took on the National Three Peaks challenge as part of a Romsey Mill team, back in 2005.

It's important to me to support a local charity so dedicated to challenging the inequalities in our community.

Low points in my training included having to pause due to a calf injury and then enduring my longest pre-race run (21 miles) with a heavy cold, in March.

But the high points on the day itself were amazing! The carnival atmosphere, the roar of the crowds, camaraderie among the runners and of course making it to the finish line in one piece!

Looking back, it was an unforgettable day and yes, I would do it again - even though I lost a couple of toenails in the process!”

Michael completed the London Marathon in just over 4 hours – a tremendous achievement.

And he managed to raise £3,117 for Romsey Mill!  Thank you Michael, and everyone who sponsored him!