Darren so proud to run in dad’s memory

Firefighter Darren Evans with his London marathon medal
Firefighter Darren Evans with his London marathon medal

A ST Helens firefighter raised thousands of pounds for charity by running the London Marathon in memory of his father - just weeks after breaking his elbow.

Darren Evans, 40, who has worked at the St Helens Community Fire Station for the last 20 years, completed the gruelling 26-mile challenge in four hours and six minutes.

The married father-of-two (pictured right) dedicated t he achievement to his father Ray, 66, who passed away 10 years ago after a battle with heart disease.

And, in completing the marathon, Darren not only fulfilled a lifelong ambition - he also raised £2,500 for the British Heart Foundation.

He said: “It was a great day and the support from the crowd was fantastic. I was just amazed by the whole thing and how well organised it was.”

However, just weeks before the event, he fractured his elbow and feared he may not be able to take part.

Luckily it healed just in time for the big day.