Runner Graham Colborne completed London Marathon on a broken foot

Runner completed marathon on a broken foot

Graham Colborne

Graham Colborne's medal and his tribute to his mother

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

MARATHON runners expect to go through pain, but for Graham Colborne that is an understatement.

Whilst some might have to nurse blisters or muscle strains during the race, the 49-year-old struggled around the course with a broken foot.

Graham endured agony with every step of the last 18 miles and 385 yards of the London Marathon after suffering the injury just eight miles into the London Marathon But it was the memory of his late mother that kept him going.

Graham, from Southampton, had been training since October for the 26.2-mile race on Sunday that saw thousands of people pound the pavements raising money for good causes.

But within two hoursdisaster struck when he trod on a full water bottle.

Although he managed not to fall, he knew immediately something was wrong as he felt “excruciating” pain.

St John Ambulance staff at the nine-mile mark strapped his foot up and gave him paracetamol.

Finish line

But despite still being in severe pain, the factory worker was determined to cross the finish line.

Graham, who will now be in plaster and on crutches for six weeks, walked and ran for the next four-and-a-quarter hours in agony without telling friends or family as he did not want to worry them.

He admitted that at points he felt like giving up, but it was thinking of the mother he lost only two months ago that spurred him on.

Doreen Colborne, of Harefield, died in February aged 70 after suffering from lung and kidney cancer, and Graham was running to help Macmillan Cancer Support.

The charity is close to his heart as it was Macmillan nurses that helped care for his mother, who had planned to watch him race on television.

Graham had a final burst of adrenaline as he saw he was going to be overtaken by women carrying a wooden horse and was able to sprint the last 50 yards to the finish line, crossing in six hours 21 minutes.

But afterwards he was unable to walk and an x-ray at St Thomas’ Hospital in London later revealed the fracture.

“The doctor asked me how I carried on, and I don’t know – it was the adrenaline,” said Graham, of Barrow Down Gardens, Hightown.

“I took inspiration from my mum’s picture on my running shirt – every time I felt down I looked at it and it kept me going.

“She’d have been so proud.”

Although Graham’s efforts have raised nearly £1,800, he told the Daily Echo he would “never again” do another marathon.

To donate, log on to justgiving.com/graham-colborne1.

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6:58pm Mon 14 Apr 14

kyrrie says...

You should be very proud of yourself. We'll done to you and everyone else who ran the marathon.
You should be very proud of yourself. We'll done to you and everyone else who ran the marathon. kyrrie
  • Score: 22

8:42pm Mon 14 Apr 14

CarlyKin says...

Graham ("Spud") I and everyone else at Sholing FC are so proud of you to not only complete the marathon but to do it with a broken foot! Your grit and determination and the love for your mother kept you going and I have huge respect for you for that!
Graham ("Spud") I and everyone else at Sholing FC are so proud of you to not only complete the marathon but to do it with a broken foot! Your grit and determination and the love for your mother kept you going and I have huge respect for you for that! CarlyKin
  • Score: 13

8:49pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Harefield boy says...

Well done Graham
Well done Graham Harefield boy
  • Score: 7

9:15pm Mon 14 Apr 14

florida saint says...

true harefield grit well done graham
true harefield grit well done graham florida saint
  • Score: 7

9:19pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Kirsty666 says...

Well done buddy you should be very proud of yourself
Well done buddy you should be very proud of yourself Kirsty666
  • Score: 6

9:36pm Mon 14 Apr 14

derek james says...

if he won't be working for even 3 out of the 6 weeks then any money made for charity will be more than likely offset by his sick pay, assuming the injury was caused by the running
if he won't be working for even 3 out of the 6 weeks then any money made for charity will be more than likely offset by his sick pay, assuming the injury was caused by the running derek james
  • Score: -16

9:59pm Mon 14 Apr 14

elvisimo says...

derek james wrote:
if he won't be working for even 3 out of the 6 weeks then any money made for charity will be more than likely offset by his sick pay, assuming the injury was caused by the running
Why what does he do for a job?
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: if he won't be working for even 3 out of the 6 weeks then any money made for charity will be more than likely offset by his sick pay, assuming the injury was caused by the running[/p][/quote]Why what does he do for a job? elvisimo
  • Score: -6

10:14pm Mon 14 Apr 14

The Phantomerer says...

This is very dangerous behaviour. Running on an already broken foot can lead to serious, potentially life threatening, complications. This is not an example to be followed.
This is very dangerous behaviour. Running on an already broken foot can lead to serious, potentially life threatening, complications. This is not an example to be followed. The Phantomerer
  • Score: -2

12:35am Tue 15 Apr 14

03alpe01 says...

fair play lad! Puts all those footballers who cry when they chip a nail to shame!
fair play lad! Puts all those footballers who cry when they chip a nail to shame! 03alpe01
  • Score: 6

7:40am Tue 15 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

derek james wrote:
if he won't be working for even 3 out of the 6 weeks then any money made for charity will be more than likely offset by his sick pay, assuming the injury was caused by the running
You miserable old sod.
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: if he won't be working for even 3 out of the 6 weeks then any money made for charity will be more than likely offset by his sick pay, assuming the injury was caused by the running[/p][/quote]You miserable old sod. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 5

7:45am Tue 15 Apr 14

St.Winch70 says...

derek james wrote:
if he won't be working for even 3 out of the 6 weeks then any money made for charity will be more than likely offset by his sick pay, assuming the injury was caused by the running
knöb.
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: if he won't be working for even 3 out of the 6 weeks then any money made for charity will be more than likely offset by his sick pay, assuming the injury was caused by the running[/p][/quote]knöb. St.Winch70
  • Score: 5

9:29am Tue 15 Apr 14

derek james says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
derek james wrote:
if he won't be working for even 3 out of the 6 weeks then any money made for charity will be more than likely offset by his sick pay, assuming the injury was caused by the running
You miserable old sod.
cold economic facts pal there's also the hospital time to consider
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: if he won't be working for even 3 out of the 6 weeks then any money made for charity will be more than likely offset by his sick pay, assuming the injury was caused by the running[/p][/quote]You miserable old sod.[/p][/quote]cold economic facts pal there's also the hospital time to consider derek james
  • Score: 0

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