Focus Consultants partner Kevin Osbon has successfully completed the hottest London Marathon on record – raising more than £2,000 for charity.
But he has vowed that his first marathon will also be his last.
“It was absolute carnage,” said Kevin. “Nearly everyone had to walk or run in spurts after Canary Wharf, which seemed to be littered with bodies seeking attention. My feet blistered, my running shoes melted and stuck to the pavement – I have never run in such hot, tough conditions.
“I trained in the ice and ran in the Sahara. That was the first and last marathon for me.”
Kevin was running alongside 40,000 others in temperatures of up to 24.1C (75.3F). He completed the world-famous event in a time of 05:52:45.
“I wanted to do it in under five hours but in the end, I was just happy to finish with a five in front of it,” added Kevin, who lives at Fiskerton, near Southwell.
Kevin, a founding partner of Nottingham-based multi-disciplinary company Focus Consultants, which also has branches in Leicester, London and Boston in Lincolnshire, has had six knee operations over the past 15 years – including two total knee reconstructions.
He was raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and his fund-raising page remains open for donations https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Kevin599ce7a72edea
As a teenager, he spent three weeks on an adult cancer ward after having a mole on the back of his leg cut out, because the children’s cancer ward was full. The mole proved to be benign.
“Like many families, we have been affected by cancer – losing a brother, grandparents, parents and uncles,” said Kevin.
“I have five children, four of them are teenagers, and like any parents we worry about them. Cancer is indiscriminate and affects us all, but affecting or taking the life of a young person yet unlived is something we need to stop, which is why I ran to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.”
Kevin co-founded Focus Consultants, based at Phoenix Business Park, in 1994. The company has expertise in a wide range of fields, including project management, funding and economic development, funding applications, economic impact appraisals, business plans, and research and evaluation. Since 1994, Focus has also secured for clients more than £953 million of grants for projects and businesses across the UK and delivered more than £1.3 billion worth of projects and programmes – making it one of the most successful businesses of its kind in the country.
In addition, Focus offers a range of services to the property and construction industry, including building surveying, project management and sustainable development support.
For more information about Focus Consultants, visit www.focus-consultants.co.uk.