Darren Hunt shows his finisher's medal at the London Marathon

Darren Hunt shows his finisher's medal at the London Marathon

A member of a mountain rescue team put his casualty care skills to good use while taking part in the London Marathon.

Darren Hunt, who serves with the Buxton team, came across a collapsed fellow runner who was unconscious.

Mr Hunt spent 26 minutes caring for the Warrington man 10½ miles into Saturday’s race.

The rescue team member said: “I managed to bring him round and maintained first aid assistance until St John’s arrived.

“Awesome assistance from spectators who supplied water and supplied towels to elevate.”

Mr Hunt said the heat during the event – with temperatures rising to more than 23C – led to his slowest ever finish in the London Marathon and he suffered nausea for almost half the race but he was just ‘so happy to finish’.

The Buxton AC runner finished in 5hrs 13mins 14secs, with an average speed of 7.33kph.

He added: “The spirit of London was on full view today.”