Merton Councillor Peter Walker, 68, finishes the London Marathon

Finished: Councillor Peter Walker after the race

Finished: Councillor Peter Walker after the race

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At 68, a Labour councillor has run his first marathon.

Peter Walker, councillor for Figges Marsh ward, finished the 26.4 mile race in 6 hours 27 minutes, putting him in 22,047th place.

Within his age group this translates as a remarkable position of 231st place.

The conference events company owner was able to raise an impressive £2,790 for Mencap.

The first £1,750 of the total sum raised by Coun Walker’s efforts will go to the Mencap’s national base; and the rest will be donated directly to Merton Mencap.

He said: "I am delighted that I managed to finish the course, although I had to walk the last bit. The day was fantastic and in particular the support you get from spectators."

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