Wounded Australian soldiers Seamus Donaghue and Heath Jamieson have completed the London Marathon as part of the Walking with the Wounded charity team.
It wasn’t quite the South Pole but two wounded Australian soldiers have battled bitumen and blisters to complete their latest challenge in the London Marathon.
Almost five hours after men’s champion Wilson Kipsang of Kenya crossed the line, Corporal Seamus Donaghue and Private Heath Jamieson completed the 42km event as part of the Walking with the Wounded team.
Following a successful two-week Antarctic expedition alongside Prince Harry in December, the group had reunited for the marathon to continue raising awareness and funds for wounded ex-servicemen and women.
Unable to run due to their wounds suffered serving in Afghanistan, Corporal Donaghue from Brisbane and Private Heath Jamieson from Sydney walked the course in just under seven hours.
While both admitted it didn’t compare to trekking 335km in temperatures as low as minus-35 degrees celsius, Sunday’s challenge provided different kinds of pain.
“I’m pretty stuffed and sore and I’ll be hurting for the next couple of days but we got there,” Cpl Donaghue told AAP.
“I had a massive blister on my foot and about 10 miles out it popped on me.
“That was a disappointing moment.
“But it was a phenomenal atmosphere and the support all the way through was great.”
Pvt Jamieson joked he hit the pain barrier “about three miles in”.
“But it was a great experience,” he said.
Prince Harry did not join the team this time but around 35,000 others took part in the event on a spectacular day in the British capital.
Christie Dawes was fifth in the women’s wheelchair race and Richard Colman eighth in the men’s wheelchair race but there were no Australians in the elite events.
Britain’s Mo Farah found life tough on his debut over the distance, finishing eighth in the elite men’s race while Kenyan Edna Kiplagat took the women’s crown.