FOR Jamie Sims, the London Marathon was “the toughest and best day of my life”.
But the 33 year-old, pictured, is used to challenges after shedding seven stone and overcoming painful arthritis in his spine and knees.
And he was deterrmined to run the London Marathon in honour of his friend Sally Bramall, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago.
Jamie, of Gleadless Town-end, raised more than £2,500 for the Neurocare charity after enduring soaring temperatures on the 26.2 mile course. His time was 5 hrs 48 minutes.
“I must admit that the last three miles were tough, but the crowd were fantastic and it was such a brilliant feeling when I crossed the line, beating two rhinos in a sprint finish!” he said.
Five years ago Jamie weighed 21 stone and was unable to exercise due to the arthritis. Thanks to specialist care at the Royal Hallamshire and a new found passion for running, his weight dropped to 14 stone and he has proved an inspiration to family and friends.
Sally, who lives in Crookes, was diagnosed with a tumour in May 2009, spending several weeks in the Royal Hallamshire following surgery. She was supported throughout by Neurocare, which raises money for the hospital’s neurosciences department.
And she has recently completed her own race – taking part in the Neurocare 5K Head Start at Rother Valley Country Park.