Martyn Benstead, Steve Eke and Neil Gayton at the marathon. Picture: Supplied

A partner, manager and client of an accounting firm have raised £25,000 for Prostate Cancer UK after completing the London Marathon.

Martyn Benstead, Neil Gayton and Steve Eke ran the 26-mile course in the hottest conditions on record last  month and all finished in around five hours.

Mr Benstead, partner at accountants Stephenson Smart, in Fakenham, said all three had an extremely tough day battling injury, cramp and the gruelling conditions.

“The heat certainly had a major impact on all three of us and affected our finish times. I got to about the 21-mile mark and I began to feel extremely dizzy and my legs turned to jelly.

“I ended up having to rest for 10 minutes before I could carry on. Both Neil and Steve also had difficulties combating the weather, injury and cramp.

“Having said that we are extremely proud of our achievements. The pain was definitely worth it to raise such a substantial amount of money for an amazing cause.”

A large donation came from Stephenson Smart, where Mr Gayton works as a manager at the Lynn office in King Street.

Client Mr Eke is general manager of Lynn-based tyre importer, TYM International.

The trio chose the charity having lost family members to the disease.

Mr Benstead and Mr Gayton also ran the Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) 10K in Lynn as part of Stephenson Smart’s 12-strong corporate team. Of 74 competitors from a variety of businesses, Mr Gayton finished fifth and Mr Benstead ninth and the company was second overall.

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