‘I was nearly brought to tears knowing I was running for my son’

Dale Falkner, 31, and Alex Grant, 26, from Bourne who ran the London Marathon for Meningitis Now, in aid of Dale's son Sebastian, aged one year old. EMN-150427-145841001
Dale Falkner, 31, and Alex Grant, 26, from Bourne who ran the London Marathon for Meningitis Now, in aid of Dale's son Sebastian, aged one year old. EMN-150427-145841001

Super dad, Dale Falkner among the local runners who took on the gruelling 26.2 mile course through the capital

Dale Falkner, 31, from Bourne managed to make it to the finish line of the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, all in aid of his special little boy, Sebastian, aged one, who has gone through a tough time after being diagnosed with Meningitis twice.

Penny Hedley Lewis, from Corby Glen who ran the marathon in aid of the British Red Cross. EMN-150429-103509001

Penny Hedley Lewis, from Corby Glen who ran the marathon in aid of the British Red Cross. EMN-150429-103509001

Dale said: “It was a very emotional day, a couple of times I was nearly brought to tears knowing I was doing this for my little boy.”

Running on behalf of Meningitis Now, Dale was joined by his lifelong friend, Alex Grant, 26, who helped to support him along the way and encouraged him to just “keep going!”

The pair, who had never ran a marathon before, wore matching tops on the day, with Dale’s saying ‘Daddy Ginge’, above Sebastian’s name. Along the 26.2 mile race both runners and spectators chanted their names, which was a touching moment for Dale.

He said: “It was a fantastic day, the atmosphere was amazing. Along the way we got talking to other runners and it was really interesting to hear other people’s stories.”

Darren Thorley, from Bourne who ran the marathon in aid of Sense. EMN-150429-103457001

Darren Thorley, from Bourne who ran the marathon in aid of Sense. EMN-150429-103457001

Coming in at a decent time of four hours and 43 minutes, the pair nearly didn’t make it to the finish line, after making a swift exit right at the start line to use the toilet cubicles.

Dale said: “The thrill as you cross that finish line is just amazing, but at the same time it’s like walking on 
Lego.

“Just before the finish line we saw one of the runners stop, she just couldn’t go on anymore. So we both ran up to her and grabbed her hands and made sure that she carried on just that little bit further to make sure she finished.”

Now back at home with his wife, Victoria and his little boy, Dale is looking forward to a well earned rest. That is until he has to run the Rat Race at Burghley House on Saturday next week.

Liz Clare, from Baston who ran the London Marathon for the Matt Hampson Foundation. EMN-150428-101333001

Liz Clare, from Baston who ran the London Marathon for the Matt Hampson Foundation. EMN-150428-101333001

“It’s all for a good cause!” he said.

Dale and Alex have both raised more than £6,000 for Meningitis Now. To help add to their total please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/SEBFAL/

l Other marathon runners that crossed the finish line on Sunday included marathon mum, Penny Hedley Lewis, from Corby Glen who completed her 10th London Marathon in four hours and 34 minutes, raising thousands of pounds for the British Red Cross.

Brothers, Paul and Darren Thorley, from Bourne, crossed the finish line just a few minutes between each other. Older brother Darren, 45, completed it in three hours and 37 minutes, whilst Paul achieved three hours and 45 minutes.

Darren said: “My brother was hot on my heels all the way - although I’m pleased he didn’t quite catch me this time, I’m proud of him.”

And Liz Clare, 29, from Baston, who completed the marathon in four hours and 50 minutes, running in aid of the Matt Hampson Foundation.

She said: “It was really overwhelming, I started crying just before I reached the finish line.”