Nicholas and Alex Harrison (Picture: Little Legs walking a Marathon!/Twitter)Unusual London marathons must run in the family for Tom Harrison.
Better known as Mr Gorilla, the Metropolitan Police officer crawled the length of the course two years ago.
Now his sons Nicholas and Alex, aged eight and six, have finished the course alongside him, in a time of 13 hours and two minutes.
Walking 26 miles is difficult for anyone, but for two kids under 10 it’s quite a mission.
They managed the course fuelled by chocolate and sweets, the day before the official race, to raise money for the homeless.
The brothers, from Amersham in Buckinghamshire, have trained for the event since November.
They set themselves a fundraising target of £1,000 for charity St Mungo’s, but after they had crossed the finish line that total stood at more than £2,400.
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They said they probably won’t do it again (Picture: Little Legs walking a Marathon!/Twitter)
The brothers at mile 17 (Picture: Little Legs walking a Marathon!/Twitter)‘I’m immensely proud of the boys,’ Mr Harrison said. ‘They did so well today, and only really started moaning in the last two miles.
‘It’s great that little kids can achieve great things but also inspire other people. Hopefully it will give the runners tomorrow a boost when they’re flagging.’
After enjoying adventurous walks with their parents the pair were searching for a new challenge, so Mr Harrison suggested they walk the marathon, while it was Nicholas’s idea to raise money for the homeless.
Alex said during the course he ate Wine Gums, Jelly Babies, Chocolate Buttons and Soreen snacks, while Nicholas said he enjoyed seeing Buckingham Palace and the River Thames.
‘I feel happy and proud and my feet hurt,’ said Nicholas, while Alex also said he felt proud.
When asked if they would repeat the feat in the future both Nicholas and Alex were in agreement.
‘No I probably wouldn’t,’ said Nicholas. ‘I might do half of it!’
Meanwhile Alex said: ‘Maybe,’ before adding: ‘One that’s not as long.’
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