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Leon's marathon fundraiser draws to a close

20 June, 2019

British Transport
Police Federation
June 20, 2019

Leon's marathon fundraiser draws to a close

With his fundraising page due to close imminently there are just a few days left to show your support for Leon McLeod, the BTP officer who ran the London Marathon in support of emergency service workers living with PTSD.

Leon was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for bravery following his actions during the London Bridge terror attack of June 2017 which he describes as having changed him "beyond comprehension". Mindful of his own mental health issues since the incident, Leon chose to run the London Marathon to support PTSD999. The non-profit organisation provides services and support to all members of the emergency services; serving and retired, voluntary, family and friends.

To date he has raised almost £8000.

Now that the blisters have healed, and the pain of the challenge has faded to the extent Leon is thinking of his next test (possibly another marathon!) we asked him to look back on the highs and lows of the London Marathon.

"The worst bit, without any shadow of a doubt, was not far past Tower Hill at around 12-13 miles," Leon said. "You come to a point where there are runners on the other side of the road going in the opposite direction. I was trotting along thinking 'oh I'll hit a bend soon and be going that way' when I noticed a 22 mile marker on the other side of the road and realised how far I had to go. It was soul destroying."

A highlight was the crowds of people cheering along the route; they spurred Leon on and helped him to reach the finish line in 5 hours.

"The atmosphere at the start and the first few miles was unreal and without the crowd I just wouldn't have got round.

"I had a lot of family cheering me on as well as the guys from PTSD999. It was great just seeing people around that I wasn't expecting to see, football mates and work mates who just happened to spot me. It was also really nice that a few other runners recognised me and had a chat."

"To be honest I'm already trying to think of my next challenge. I'd like to do a marathon again as I know I can go quicker but we'll see!"

Leon's Just Giving page is due to close on 29 June. If you are able to boost his £7894 total with a small donation you can do so here.