Marathon challenge man from Stoke Newington crosses finishing line

Stoke Newington resident Barry Smale finishes his six day challenge in Tooting

Stoke Newington resident Barry Smale finishes his six day challenge in Tooting - Credit: Archant

A Stoke Newington man who ran six marathons in just as many days for charity successfully finished his challenge in Tooting last Friday.

Barry Smale, of Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington raised more than £8,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support during his epic 180 mile challenge.

He originally took on the challenge to give his mother Mary, who was suffering from cancer, something to look forward to and had intended to take her on the journey from Colombes in Paris across to London.

But she died after a long battle with bowel cancer in April – so instead Mr Smale undertook the challenge to commemorate her life.

Speaking a week after he finished on October 25, he said: “The first four and a half marathons were really easy and I wondered what the hell was going on. During the fifth marathon, my thighs went. I was in a bit of pain during the last 40 miles. My running style changed - I looked like John Wayne limping over the finishing line. When we got to the Totting Bec Common, there was a sense of relief and pride in the team involved. A lot of friends gave up their time and money to help. It was a brilliant effort.”

Each day of the challenge, one of Mr Smale’s friends ran a marathon alongside him to support him.

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