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Soldiers make a marathon effort

PUBLISHED: 09:25 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 12 August 2010

A SOLDIER who ran the London Marathon with five comrades each carrying 22 pounds in weight raised nearly £8,000 for charity. Lance Corporal Tim Wates, from Dartford, completed the marathon in five hours and 50 minutes on Sunday, raising £7,829.75 for th

A SOLDIER who ran the London Marathon with five comrades each carrying 22 pounds in weight raised nearly £8,000 for charity.

Lance Corporal Tim Wates, from Dartford, completed the marathon in five hours and 50 minutes on Sunday, raising £7,829.75 for the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

His team, the Cockney Jocks, chose the RNIB after it helped their colleague Lance Corporal Ian Dawson, from Eltham, who lost the sight in his left eye when he was blown up in Iraq in 2004.

He said: "I felt awful the next day it was the first day of my new job. My legs were killing me. I am very pleased that we finished but the only downside is the pain. If anybody asked me to do it again I'm not sure I'd say yes straight away. I think I hit 'the wall' at around 14 miles but it was the last six miles that were the worst. But we're all just so pleased that we raised all that money for the RNIB. It's all worth it."

Cockney Jocks team captain Warrant Officer Alan Nathan, of Eltham, said: "We are fantastically happy with the amount we have raised. We have done better than we thought we would. We thought it would be a tall order to raise £8,000!"

The 37-year-old added: "We were wondering what charity to choose when somebody said the RNIB and then it all just fell into place. They helped Ian a lot just getting used to life in his house, helping him with all sorts of stuff."

Lance Corporal Wates, 35, serves with The London Regiment's (London Scottish A Company), based in Horseferry Road, Westminster.

Cockney Jocks members ran in full combat gear, wearing combat trousers, t-shirts and carrying a 22lb bergan for the duration of the route.

elizabeth.thornton@archant.co.uk

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