Despite suffering a fall at 12 miles, Mervin Mullard dusted himself down to complete his first ever London Marathon at the age of 71.
“I just tripped over something, I never saw what it was. I damaged my shoulder and my arm, but I got up and got going again,” said Mervin.
“It didn’t go as well as I had hoped. I wanted to complete it in under five hours, but I finished just over. A lot of people complained they had slower times than usual. Perhaps it was the heat, but the fall didn’t do me any good.”
In spite of his fall, Mervin ran the entire marathon to finish in 5hrs 6mins and 28secs. “Other than going head first for a little bit, I ran it all. I was determined to finish.”
Mervin has been a fantastic supporter of R.A.B.I in Shropshire over the years. He ran the marathon to raise funds for the charity and so far has received over £2,000 (incl. Gift Aid).
Merv is pictured above with Minette Batters, NFU Deputy President, at R.A.B.I’s 2015 AGM.