RUNNING enthusiasts sprinted aboard their very own volunteers C2C train when they helped out at the London Marathon.
C2C kindly arranged for an entire train to be available to volunteers for the big day. 
The 130-strong team hopped on the Volunteer Special Train at Shoeburyness at 6.40am and headed for the capital.
The expedition was organised by Nigel Pointer, Pitsea Running Club events coordinator, who has been coordinating the event for the last five years.
It was packed with volunteers from Pitsea RC, Phoenix Striders, BCRC, Flyers Southend, Leigh on Sea Striders, as well as local charities, runners and physios.
Nigel said: “It’s a lot of work to coordinate the event, but it is all worth it to see the smiles on peoples’ faces. Next year I want to go even bigger and aim for 150 people on the train on the day.”
The team arrived back at 7pm that evening after a satisfying day.
Nigel said: “I would like to thank all the volunteers anEcho: Great job - the volunteers did fantastically Great job - the volunteers did fantastically d a mention to Kylie, for liaising with my son Matthew, with the production and collection of the tickets, this really took the pressure off me.
“I would also like to make a special mention to the driver and their supervisor who made a very personal announcement as the train departed each stop, mentioning ‘this is a volunteer special train’.