Fundraising Grandfather's marathon success in canoe

A grandfather from the Scottish Borders successfully completed his 16th consecutive Virgin Money London Marathon, on Sunday 24th April, running in a home-made Native American canoe replica! Bob Johnson, 57, a mechanical engineer from Walkerburn completed this year's London marathon in 5 hours, 24 minutes, along with his canoe team, Richard Johnson (nephew) and Simon Smith to raise in excess of £3,000 for The Children's Trust, the UK's leading charity for children with brain injury. Bob is no stranger to creating running costumes; in 2006 he completed the course as a DALEK and last year he ran as an ostrich and collected a Guinness World Record along the way! He said: "This year was a particularly tough year because we had stability issues with the rigid canoe, but I was delighted to finish my 16th London Marathon and to help raise money for such a good cause."

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