Tadley truck driver Bradley Rogers is no stranger to setting off on long trips behind the wheel.
The prospect of completing 26 miles on foot is one that he is not so well accustomed to however.
Add a torn calf muscle to the equation and it’s fair to say that the dad of three had a tough baptism of fire as he took on his very first marathon on Sunday.
But despite admitting to feeling “like death”, Bradley managed to cross the line at the end of the London Marathon in a time of four hours and 36 minutes to fulfil a life long ambition.
He said: “I used to be nearly 20 stone around six or seven years ago and looked like Peter Griffin from Family Guy, so I never thought I would be able to do anything like this.
“Running 26 miles is not a natural thing, you should have to catch a train, so I feel like a broken man now.
“But it was amazing and is something off my bucket list now, so I’m buzzing.”
Bradley ran the marathon in aid of stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands, an organisation close to his family’s heart.
Wife Jessica works as a bereavement midwife at Basingstoke hospital, and was quick to express her pride in her husband for putting himself through the pain for the cause.
She said: “It is such an important charity that often doesn’t get as much support as it should.
“What those parents go through, I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.
“Even though Bradley was injured, he never once considered pulling out.
“He has such a determination and strength to carry on and I’m so proud of him.”
Bradley added: “I felt like death towards the end, but it was definitely worth all the pain.
“As a father, I couldn’t even imagine what these people must go through.
“The way people were helping each other in the race was amazing and has given me faith in human kind.
“And the beer I had when I crossed the line was the best I’ve ever had!”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/bradley82rogers.