A QUARTET of current and former Whitchurch Rugby Club members tackled the streets of the Big Apple in the New York City Marathon.
The pals, who all hail from the Malpas area, were Robin Blackham, 47, Ian Dutton, 37, Christopher (Kit) Ebben, 37, and 41-year-old Craig Smith.
They all completed the gruelling 26.2 mile course and raised over £9,000 for Kidney Research UK.
Running for the cause was the idea of Craig, whose father-in-law Ron Humphreys from Shrewsbury received a life saving kidney transplant from his sister last December.
Craig said: “He’s now really fit and well and able to enjoy a better quality of life.
“I saw first-hand the impact this had on the family and so when Ian and I decided we were up for a challenge, it seemed the obvious cause to run for. Then Robin and Kit came on board.
“The other three finished in just over four hours while I finished in just over five hours.
“It was very tough. New York has lots of concrete carriageways which are more unforgiving than the tarmac we had trained on.”
To see more about their adventure log on to www.justgiving.com/craigdsmith.
The race, on November 2, was won by Great Britain’s Paula Radcliffe.
The race draws over 100,000 applicants including world class athletes, and offers $600,000 prize money.
The event was watched by two million spectators and a TV audience of 315 million.