Marathon man Ryan does it for the birds!

LONDON Marathon runner Ryan Martin, from Ridge, is grateful for the superb support he received pounding the capital’s streets in aid of a good cause.

Ryan, who ran to raise funds and awareness of the Birds of Poole Harbour (BoPH) charity dressed in an eagle costume, said: “Throughout the route the public support was phenomenal and certainly was the reason I was able to hold on through the 26 miles.

“Every time I flapped my wings, the crowds cheered louder!”

Architect Ryan, 46, aimed to complete the run in 4 hours 30 minutes and clocked 4.30.22.

He is not a regular runner, preferring to keep fit by cycling, and found training for the marathon slow and at times painful on his own.

Ryan previously attempted the London event 12 years ago but had to walk around the course because of an injury.

He said he is aiming for another marathon next year – ‘perhaps with bigger wings!’

BoPH aims to boost the profile of bird conservation and education in and around Poole Harbour.

Ryan said: “Its continuing efforts have helped countless members of the public engage with their local natural environment, highlighting the need to protect and conserve our sensitive wildlife and environment.”

Ryan has so far raised £2,000 and anyone who would like to contribute to his fundraising can still do so at

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