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Poole teacher 'piggy-backed' through London Marathon with broken leg

Faith in humanity is at an all time high!

– Jo Denton
Teacher from Poole raising money for Children with Cancer UK Credit: Jo Denton

A school teacher from Poole has thanks the ''wonderful strangers'' who helped her compete the last four miles of the London Marathon...with a broken leg!

Jo Denton thought she had just sprained her knee. Runners and volunteers gave her piggy backs and carried her to the finishing line so she could claim her medal. She was also lent a pair of crutches by a spectator.

An X-ray then revealed she had actually broken her leg!

An X-ray then revealed she had actually broken her leg! Credit: Jo Denton

Writing on social media, Jo Denton said she had been on target for a six-hour finish, but she felt pain in her knee after 22 miles. She persevered thinking it was just a sprain.

She said her knee and shin "totally gave way" at 25 miles.

She was helped by and pushed in a wheelchair by St John Ambulance.

St John Ambulance volunteer Ollie Needham Credit: Jo Denton
St John Ambulance volunteer Ollie Needham and his colleague. Credit: Jo Denton

On Facebook, Ms Denton said:

They realised how distraught I was to get so close to the end and so they ran the last mile pushing me in a wheelchair to the finish line. Then he and another runner helped me hop over the finish line.

My faith in humanity is at an all-time high. Such wonderful support from complete strangers which must have caused them pain themselves. I made a few friends for life.

– Jo Denton

She was raising money for Children with Cancer UK where half the money was raised from students and staff at Poole Grammar School where she works as a maths teacher.