The Barnet mayor was among the 40,000 runners at Sunday’s London Marathon, raising funds for a Barnet charity.

Cllr David Longstaff completed the 26.2 miles in 5.12 and raised funds for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, who look after children with terminal illnesses and offer support for families.

After crossing the finish line Cllr Longstaff continued on to attend the Jewish Community National Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony at Barnet Copthall a few hours later.

He said: “The race was a fantastic experience and the spectators lining the whole route were truly magnificent.

“The thighs were a little raw the morning after, but it has been a privilege to run for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice as they raise money to develop their new hospice building in Barnet.”

As part of his training, the mayor took part in a special training day with Alex Savva, a coaching assistant at Tottenham Hotspur FC along with other runners for the charity.