ECHOSPORT’S Chris Phillips joined 40,000 other runners to finish his seventh London Marathon.

Phillips raised funds for Havens Hospices and was happy to see so many south Essex stars playing a part.

“There was a real local feel to it which added to the occasion,” said Phillips.

“I was lucky enough to be running for Havens, who had more than 100 runners involved and there were also several local people among the marshals and the volunteers which was great to see.

“I had people shouting out Southend United comments, all of which were polite thankfully, along the route and the atmosphere was incredible again.

“The conditions were certainly a lot better than last year too but those last few miles don’t get any easier no matter how many times you do it.

“But it’s always such a great event and I got goosebumps several times because of the atmosphere. The time isn’t always important for me but I got half an hour quicker than my last two goes which was pleasing.”

Phillips was backed by Potters Cookshop in Hockley and, having combined his fundraising with Blues’ legend Adam Barrett for the forthcoming Sid Bloomfield Trophy clash, the duo have now raised more than £13,000.

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