BEN Lindon was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour six years years ago after collapsing while running but he has bounced back to conquer the London Marathon in five hours and 37 minutes.
The former journalist, who now works as a tree surgeon, ran the iconic 26.2 mile course around the capital on Sunday, April 13 with his friend James Partridge, raising about £2,500 for Brain Tumour Research in the process.
The 34-year-old, of Oakfield Road, Malvern, was watched by his wife Kate and 18-month-old daughter Martha, who were given grandstand passes so they could watch them cross the finish line.
Mrs Lindon said: "They did super well and managed five hours and 37 minutes despite the heat and zero training. Martha and I were kindly given grandstand passes for the finish so saw them cross the line which was lovely. "
Mr Lindon miraculously defied doctors to father his miracle daughter despite undergoing more than 54 cycles of chemotherapy, which he was told would leave him infertile.
Amazingly, the couple are now expecting their second child and Mrs Lindon has a due date of June 26.
Mr Lindon's 26.2-mile effort was sponsored by Chris Pinder of Malvern Link-based company HD Connectivity, who arranged the couple's hotel and travel for the occasion.
James Field, 38, of Bracken Way, Malvern, ran the race in four hours and 45 minutes and raised about £900 for the Lymphoma Association, a charity he chose because a number of his relatives have been affected by cancer.
Mr Field said: ‘I grew up in London and have always loved running, so it’s always been an ambition to one day run the London Marathon."
To make a donation, go to justgiving.com/Ben-Lindon1 or justgiving.com/jamesf710.