London Marathon success for former Lowestoft man as he finishes in 31st place
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A former Lowestoft man achieved a personal best time of two hours, 21 minutes and 28 seconds – securing 31st position in the overall standings.
Kojo Kyereme, 41, also managed to finish in seventh place among the club, charity and ballot runners – even beating of some of the elite competitors.
Mr Kyereme, who grew up in Lowestoft but now lives in Epsom, did not intend to run the marathon this year – only entering the race five weeks beforehand due to his good form.
'I was quite confident I had the endurance to complete the race and I am really pleased with the outcome,' Mr Kyereme said.
'In previous marathons, I have experienced a certain amount of cramp and although I was going well this time around, I had to hold back as I began to feel the cramping in my left hamstring again.
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'I was running with the brakes on during the first half of the race – it turned into 20 mile jog with six mile sprint.'
Mr Kyereme was taking part in his third London Marathon – previously achieving a time of two hours and 28 minutes in 2006 and 2 hours and 41 minutes in 2012.
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Last year, Mr Kyereme finished in 20th place of the New York Marathon and is currently aiming for a time under two hours and 20 minutes.
Mr Kyereme lived in Kirkley Run, in Lowestoft, before moving to Breydon Way – where his parents still live.
He attended Elm Tree Primary, Middle and Kirkley High School's before joining the sixth form consortium.
He then managed to secure a scholarship in North Carolina before returning to study Sports Science at Roehampton University – where he first met his wife of 14 years Fiona.
He also has two daughters, aged 11 and eight and now works as a cardiac physiologist at Charing Cross Hospital.
? For the full story, and a marathon round-up from runners across Waveney, pick up Friday's Journal.