12:41pm Monday 22nd April 2013
By Anna Mauremootoo
Police community support officer John Bordiss shed a tear during the half-minute silence at the London Marathon in honour of the victims of the Boston bombings.
Mr Bordis, 56, who is based in Marlborough and is involved with the Horsewatch scheme, ran the 26-mile route raising more than £2,000 for World Horse Welfare.
He said: “The silence was very moving.
“There were a few tears shed including by myself.”
PCSO Bordiss was hoping to complete the marathon in four-and-a-half hours but old injuries meant that he finished in just over six hours.
He said: “It didn’t go as well as I had hoped.
“Around the 16-mile mark an old knee injury started playing up and both my knees were quite painful. Then an old achilles injury started to hurt so I had to walk and jog.
“I stopped at one point to go to the St John’s Ambulance team for a leg rub which really helped and I managed to run and jog the last mile, which I was really happy about.”
Hhe said he was able to battle on despite his injuries thanks to the atmosphere during the race.
“It was amazing; London never ceases to amaze me," he said.
“There were so many different bands playing and the pubs had their music playing loudly, it was just such a great atmosphere.
“When I was really struggling with my injuries someone tapped me on my shoulder and just told me to keep going and that support helped me to carry on.”
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