Dan, the marathon man

Dan Patten at the London Marathon.
Dan Patten at the London Marathon.

An Alnwick dad who ran the London Marathon for Samaritans, after recovering from a suicide attempt, has smashed his fund-raising target by 2,113 per cent.

Last week, we reported Daniel Patten’s touching story of how he has turned his life around after jumping from a 53ft bridge.

The 31-year-old finished the run – in hot conditions – in 4:10.59 and has raised £5,284. His target was £250.

After completing the marathon, he said: “It was brilliant, but hot, hot, hot! I did want to do in under four hours, but the heat just sapped it out of me and was just pleased to get round. The crowd and atmosphere were awesome!

“I set off at Mo Farah pace and finished almost doing what may have looked like mock slow motion!

“People’s donations and kind words really did get me round as it was a struggle. I’m so pleased with how my story as been received and how kind you have all been.”

To sponsor him, visit his online fund-raising page.