Apex’s very own marathon man, Ray Murray completed the gruelling 26.2 miles of the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April. This was the first time our Repair Sales Consultant had run the distance, achieving an incredible time of 4 hours and 31 minutes. Running for NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), Ray also raised £2,000 for the charity who fight to end child abuse in the UK. After months of training, both on his own and with Bexley Running Club, Ray was up bright and early making his way to his start point in Blackheath with thousands of other runners.
The challenging distance didn’t stop Ray from enjoying the race. “I enjoyed every part of the day. It was very tough on the Embankment going towards Big Ben, but I gave every last ounce of energy I had to make it to the finish line, even though it seemed to take an eternity to get there.” he says.
In helping Ray reach his marathon goal, his friends, wife, family and colleagues were all there on the big day to cheer him on. Ray commented “I had fantastic support on the day and cannot thank everyone enough for getting me through the race. The spectators were brilliant with so many people calling out my name and offering sweets, drinks and biscuits. The NSPCC were also amazing in their support, I was proud to be running for them.”
Although exhausted and elated from his achievement, Ray is now looking forward to some well-deserved time out from running to relax, however it won’t be for long. “For the past six months marathon training has taken over my life, now I’m looking forward to a rest for a couple of weeks, then I have another challenge in the pipeline, if my wife will let me!” says runner Ray.
“We would like to say a huge congratulations to Ray,” said Warren Jenchner, Managing Director at Apex. “His achievement was the result of his dedication and hard work he put into his training. He is an inspiration to us all. Well done Ray!”
There is still time to donate to the NSPCC, visit his Virgin Money Giving page here.
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