Lions fan proudly displays Millwall flag in New York after completing marathon

Sports Desk (16 November, 2018) Sport Football Millwall

Bermondsey man ran iconic race to raise money for charity

26648Lions fan Dave Elson after completing the New York City Marathon.

A MILLWALL supporter flew the flag of his beloved club in New York City after a “mentally draining” but “breath-taking” marathon experience earlier this month.

Bermondsey’s Dave Elson, 25, completed the iconic race through the dramatic cityscapes in an effort to hit a target of £4,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“I can’t put into words about the race,” Dave told the News. “It was such an amazing experience: mentally draining at times, adrenalin rushes at times, painful.

“The people of New York kept me going, kept pushing me and urging me on. A New York-based Millwall fan met me at the last half-mile and that for me was incredible. The best day of my life.

“The weather was absolutely perfect. I was scared about my knees giving way like they did at the Royal Parks Half in Hyde Park where I spent some time in the medical tent. But I got through the pain and even walked some of the race because the pain was too much to run. I got there through sheer fight and determination which I didn’t know I had.

“Usually I use an app that gives me the time I’m running but I didn’t use it this time, I just went with my own feel of the race, going faster when the crowds were there and slowing down when it was quiet to regain composure.

“It was a personal battle for the last three miles but after I had got to mile fifteen I knew it was happening no matter how long it took.

“I had started off a bit steady, but felt like I hadn’t run beforehand for an eternity. As soon as I reached Brooklyn the crowd was immense – music, people handing out water and cheering us on.”

Dave had made sure to appropriately sound-track his race.

He added: “The views across the bridges were breath-taking and unforgettable with the sun beginning to set. Moving into one borough at a time with a popular New York repertoire – Notorious B.I.G, Alicia Keys, Salt-N-Pepa – really gave me goosebumps.

“Crossing the finish line is probably my favourite moment of all time. I’m more than tempted to come back to do the half-marathon in March. Bring on London!”

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