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Snowboarding injury fails to stop Norwich man’s London Marathon effort

22:38 13 April 2014

London Marathon runner Ben Conway

London Marathon runner Ben Conway

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Just 10 weeks ago Ben Conway injured his back in a snowboarding accident in the French Alps, but the trainee dispensing optician refused to let that stop him completing the London Marathon.

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Despite hardly being able to do any training after suffering a prolapsed disc in his back, 32-year-old Mr Conway finished the marathon course in just under five hours.

“I really thought I was going to run half of it and then have to walk the rest, but I was able to run the whole thing.

“Nobody could believe I actually finished it – but I’m still standing!” said Mr Conway, who works at the Norwich-based Dipple and Conway opticians started by his great-grandfather in 1916.

Mr Conway hopes to raise £2,000 for children’s charity Break, and he is following in the footsteps of his brother Edmund, father Damian, and uncle James who have all previously run the marathon to raise funds for Break.

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