THE CITIZEN'S very own marathon men have been proudly showing off their medals after completing the gruelling 26-mile circuit of the capital on Sunday.

Sports Editor Owen Phillips and reporter Chris Bevan were tired but happy after completing the course of the 20th Flora London Marathon in 5hr 27min.

After a good start, the brave duo found the going tough in the final few miles, and although they weren't quite crawling up the Mall, their pace had slowed somewhat.

Owen said: 'It was a great day and we both really enjoyed the run, for the first few miles anyway.

'It was difficult towards the end but we just kept going and got over the line which was a great feeling.

'We were both in a bit of pain for a few days afterwards but it was well worth it.'

Chris added: 'It's nice not having to think about a training regime anymore after all that pasta but I definitely want to run the marathon again.

'There was a great atmosphere on the day and the crowd really lift you through it. Things got a bit tough in the last few miles but we both made it which is all that matters.'

The sporty pair were running in aid of three local cancer charities: the Margaret Centre at Whipps Cross Hospital, the St Clare Hospice in Hastingwood and the Helen Rollason Cancer Care Appeal at North Middlesex Hospital.

If you haven't already, it's not too late to sponsor the pair. Donations can be sent to Sportsdesk Marathon Challenge, Guardian House, 480-500 Larkshall Road, Highams Park, London E4 9GD. Cheques should be made payable to Sportsdesk Challenge.