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Man who ran marathon carries on running home to Swindon

Mike Buss, who was raising money for an armed forces charity, was welcomed home by his family and town mayor Councillor David Wren

A man who completed Sunday's London Marathon carried on running a further 80 miles (128km) back home to Swindon.

Mike Buss, 35, arrived back just after 1230 BST and was greeted by his family and the Wiltshire town's mayor Councillor David Wren.

The former Royal Green Jacket and personal trainer was raising money for an armed forces charity.

Mr Buss said he was plagued by an ankle injury during the marathon, but the crowds and painkillers got him through.

"Crossing the line, I knew I'd have a few press photos [taken], so I wasn't really thinking about the journey home," he said.

Medically discharged

"I had a friend who ran with me to Henley-on-Thames so it was only when I got there I knew there was still quite a bit to do and that's when the injury started really playing up," he said.

He raised £25,000 for charity Help for Heroes, in thanks for the aid he received after being injured while on duty in Northern Ireland.

"I ended up being medically discharged because I was standing 20ft away from a car bomb when it blew up in Northern Ireland.

"I then ended up on the streets homeless, unable to adjust to civvy life.

"Eventually I got myself sorted. The Royal British Legion helped me and now I'm doing my bit in return to help the guys who may come back from Afghanistan needing support."

In January, Mr Buss ran 517.3 miles (832.4km) on a treadmill at the Brunel Shopping Centre in Swindon.



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