Carver Barracks captain completes London Marathon in memory of best friend and comrade

PUBLISHED: 12:30 02 May 2017

Captain David Jones (left) with the late Captain Dave Seath

Captain David Jones (left) with the late Captain Dave Seath

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Comradeship was the motivation for Captain David Jones.

Captain Jones, stationed at Carver Barracks in Wimbish ran the London Marathon on Sunday, a year after his close friend, David Seath, an Afghanistan veteran aged 31, died in the 2016 race after a cardiac arrest at the 23rd mile.

The two Davids had met during training in Sandhurst and Captain Seath had been best man at Captain Jones’ wedding.

David Jones, 33, ran the marathon for the fund set up by his friend’s family to support the charity Help for Heroes and raised £2,000.

Because of what had happened, Captain Jones was invited into the area for celebrity runners including broadcasters Chris Evans and Sophie Raworth and champion rower, James Cracknell OBE.

But he ran with his Carver Barracks colleague Captain Alex Davis, getting to the finish in four hours, nine minutes.

He said: “I ran because I had lost a close friend. The Isle of Dogs was a bit of a slog because it’s the half-way mark, the embankment was the best part, seeing the crowds and seeing my family at 25 miles was a big boost.” Captain Jones is married to wife Emma and they have two daughters, Poppy, four and Charlotte, aged one.

Asked if he would do it again, he said: “Absolutely, I want to beat that four hours.”

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