St Ives man’s 120-mile marathon

MARATHON man Sam Robson completed Sunday’s London marathon in style – by running it the equivalent of four-and-a-half times.

MARATHON man Sam Robson completed Sunday’s London marathon in style – by running it the equivalent of four-and-a-half times.

The Hunts Post reported in February how Sam, of St Ives, planned to finish the gruelling 26.2-mile marathon course and then run home to raise money for the Epilepsy Society.

After completing the marathon in an impressive three hours and 45 minutes he met his support crew at the finishing line in St James’ Park.

He then set off along the Greenwich Meridian trail which took him from Greenwich to Hardwick just outside Cambridge.

It took Sam just 25 hours 15 minutes to run the gruelling 93.8-miles from London to the finishing line in Market Square, St Ives, where he was met by Mayor David Hodge and his wife.

Sam, 28, who works as a computational biologist at the Cambridge Gordon Institute, told The Hunts Post: “I’m really happy with how it’s gone.

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“The support I’ve had from family and friends has been absolutely incredible, and I couldn’t have done this without them.”

With only a couple of blisters and a sore hip to show for the gruelling 120-mile run, the money Sam managed to raise far exceeded his expectations.

He continued: “We smashed the �3,000 target on the Just Giving site, and with extra donations that came in during the race, we should be able to give about �4,000 to the Epilepsy society.”

Sam was diagnosed with epilepsy as a child, and was eventually able to take control of the condition through medication.

“A lot of people aren’t as lucky as me and I wanted to do something to raise awareness for the amazing work carried out by the Epilepsy Society.”

On seeing Sam make his final push towards the winning line in St Ives, fianc� Jennifer Sykes told The Hunts Post: “I’m extremely proud of him and very relieved.

“It was nerve-wracking knowing Sam was out running in the middle of nowhere during the night.

“But seeing him cross the finish line was very emotional indeed because I knew how much he’d put into this, and I knew how much he was hurting.”

INFORMATION: The Epilepsy Society aims to improve the quality of life of people affected by epilepsy, carrying out research and offering expert adult residential care for people with epilepsy and their families.

You can still donate to Sam’s cause by visiting For more information on the Epilepsy Society visit

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