Rutland pilot completes London Marathon for us

2 May 2017 10:30

A man from Rutland has completed the London Marathon for our charity.

Photo of Jeremy and Emma Greville-Heygate after they'd both run the London Marathon standing outside Buckingham Palace
Jeremy Greville-Heygate, 55 and from Burrough on the Hill, completed the world famous course with his wife, Emma. Jeremy finished the course in four hours twenty-six minutes, while Emma completed it in five hours six minutes.

He says:

"We both had brilliant fun and really appreciated the Blind Veterans UK cheering point at mile 17. That was the hardest part of the course and really gave me a boost!"

He continues: “Some highlights were undoubtedly the noise and humorous sup port from the crowds the whole way round the course. I also managed to overtake a giraffe a few hundred metres before the finish. All the other character costumes were brilliant too, at one point we were both neck and neck with various washing machines, rhinos, helicopters and the like. What I had not appreciated beforehand was that some of those novelty runners are very quick, in spite of their costumes!”

Emma adds: “One of the more thought-provoking moments for me was overtaking a very intense Jesus carrying a huge cross on his back in a loincloth and bare feet, before returning to the jollity of the occasion as Orinoco the Womble then shot past. It was all very mad, a bit like the current fibre Broadband advert on TV with everyone racing down the tube!”

Jeremy himself has a military background, having flown the Harrier with No 1(F) Squadron at RAF Wittering.  He served in the Royal Air Force for eight years, before leaving as a Flight Lieutenant in 1990.

Keen to continue a life in the skies, Jeremy then began a career as an Airline Pilot with Monarch Airlines, an official partner of our charity. It was through this connection that Jeremy first became exposed to our organisation; initially volunteering at the Cenotaph for the our annual Remembrance commemorations before then taking part in the annual 100 kilometre walk from London to Brighton, which he completed in 23 hours

He says: “The charity supports young people, old people, men and women; all with various connections to one another and with experience across all three services. I was truly impressed by the diversity.”

2017 is not the first time Jeremy has tackled a marathon course, having previously completed one in four hours 40 minutes whilst studying at Cambridge in 1980.

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