MPs Ed Balls, Sadiq Khan and Andy Burnham at the London Marathon
Elham Asaad Buaras
Shadow Secretary for Justice, Sadiq Khan MP, has earned yearlong gloating rights over his Shadow Cabinet colleagues after completing the London Marathon in 4 hours 19 minutes, well ahead Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls (4: 57:40) and Shadow Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham (4:26:19).
Khan first announced he was running the Virgin Money London Marathon for the first time in February and only began training two months before the 26.2miles race. Khan raised over £17,000 for the Dispossessed Fund, which fights poverty and inequality across London.
The Dispossessed Fund has already raised £11.2million to support local heroes who lift people out of poverty by targeting education, crime, health, and unemployment.
Khan told The Muslim News he was proud to finish “in one piece! Not only that, but after beating Balls and Burnham, I will definitely be heading to the next Shadow Cabinet meeting with my head held high. Above everything, I am extremely pleased to have beaten my fundraising target of £2,500, having raised over £17,000 for a fantastic cause.”
He called running the marathon “one of the best experiences” of his life despite the after-race pain. “To see friends, family and even strangers cheering me on gave me the motivation I needed to push through and complete the race. There are no words to describe the emotions I felt on crossing the finish line, what an experience.”
Khan thanked all his supporters over the last two months “including the hundreds of people who have given generous donations, those who have helped spread the word and of course those who came along to support me on the day.”
In total 8 MPs took part in the marathon, a record number, but the MP in pole position was Alun Cairns, the Conservative MP for Vale of Glamorgan, who clocked 3.34:08, knocking five minutes of his personal best. The Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson, came next in 3.42:24, just beating the Shadow Justice Minister; Dan Jarvis, who came in at 3.45:08. Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central, ran his fourth London marathon, his second as an MP. The 41-year-old ran with his 69-year-old father, Bernard, a veteran of 68 marathons, in memory of his wife Caroline, who died of bowel cancer in 2010.