SOUTHEND United legend Adam Barrett has spoken of his delight after completing the London Marathon.

Barrett overcame the gruelling 26.2 mile course in an impressive three hours, 51 minutes.

But it was not all plain sailing for the popular former Shrimpers defender.

“I felt good for 20 miles and was really enjoying it but that last six miles was just hell on earth to be honest,” said Barrett.

“It was really tough but it was just a phenomenal event to be part of.

“The atmosphere was electric and even better than I had imagined.

“Running round Cutty Sark and Tower Bridge was particularly memorable and it was also lovely to see my family at mile 15.

“It was just brilliant and I can see why people keep going back to do it again.”


Approaching the finish line - Adam Barrett

Barrett ran his first marathon to raise funds for Havens Hospices, who cared for his mother June until she sadly lost her brave battle with PSP disease in November 2017.

And Barrett also found the day quite emotional.

“I had mum written on my top and when I was struggling at about mile 23 somebody watching on the side of the road shouted ‘come on, do it for your mum,” said Barrett.

“It hit me and I had to try and hold it together at that point.

“But I was also running for my father in law and my brother’s wife’s mum who sadly passed away just before the marathon and had also been looked after by Havens.

“The work Havens do is just fantastic.

“I’m pleased I’ve been able to help them in this way and raise some money for the new hospice which is currently being built.”

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