Tom’s first-time charity run in aid of air ambulance

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A team of 18 intrepid runners raised cash for the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance by running the Brighton Marathon.

Among them was first-timer Tom McLeish, of Crawley Down, who crossed the finish line in six hours 13 minutes.

The team is expected to have raised thousands of pounds for the charity, which has been chosen to be one of the event’s official charity partners next year.

Also among the runners was one of the helicopter’s paramedics, Lewis Price.

Lewis clocked an impressive four hours 26 minutes and has so far raised more than £700 for the charity.

He said: “I hit the wall at 22 miles and it was painful.

“I tried to walk but that hurt even more so I had to run again.

“I ended up running with Batman and Superman!

“The support out there from everyone, the crowd and the charity was really fantastic.

“I did it because I like a challenge and I’ve signed up for next year.”

The air ambulance service, which relies almost entirely on donations, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.