GLOBE sports reporter Richard Garnett fulfilled a lifelong ambition on Sunday by completing the 39th London Marathon, but conceded he couldn't have done it without the help of the crowd.

The freelance sports journalist, who covers Tranmere Rovers, completed the 26.2-mile course in four hours 44mins, despite carrying a knee injury.

Richard, 39, ran the race in memory of his mother Barbara Garnett, who passed away in February.

He said: "I've ran one marathon before, six years ago, but this was a completely different ball game. The number of people that come out to support the runners is phenomenal.

"Because of the knee injury I sustained in training, I was petrified of not finishing, but a combination of digging deep and the roar of the crowd got me through it in a not too shabby time!"

Richard has raised more than £2,000 for Children with Cancer UK in the process.

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