Lowestoft runner’s canal dream race ends early

A Lowestoft man's dream of completing a gruelling 145 mile run in just 45 hours has been dashed by bad weather.

James Donnelly, 42, of Gunton, had hoped to finish the Grand Union Canal Run from Birmingham to London at the weekend.

Mr Donnelly joined 99 other entrants at the run, which saw participants try and complete the 145 mile course in a deadline of 45 hours.

However the Great Yarmouth-based EastPort UK harbour pilot had to pull out at the 71 mile mark due to rain and the cold.

He was met by his support crew made up of his wife Hayley and children Luke and Sommer.

Mr Donnelly said: 'I felt I was on the verge of hypothermia and was forced to call my support crew out. By the time they got to me my morale was gone and my race was over after 71 miles just west of Milton Keynes.'

He added: 'I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the sights and meeting lots of different people from all around the globe and hope to be back next year as I believe I have unfinished business.'

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The Grand Union Canal Run was won by Debbie Martin-Consani, who completed the 145 mile course in just 28 hours and one minute.

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