A WHITCHURCH London Marathon runner has raised more than £9,000 in aid of a horse riding charity which supports his disabled son.

Paul Williamson, who last year ran the virtual London Marathon, completed this year's event in aid of Riding for the Disabled (RDA).

The 52-year-old raised more than £9,000 for the charity, which includes funds raised for the Virtual Marathon in 2020.

Paul's son James has Smith Magenis Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.

The RDA has supported James for more than a decade, improving both his physical and social skills.

Paul explained: "The RDA has been an important part of the Williamson family life for more than 10 years, supporting James.

"James was non-verbal when he attended his first session at Perry RDA and walked with the support of a walking frame.

"Perry RDA's hippotherapy – which is physiotherapy on a horse – was transformational for James, improving his core strength, stability, walking, communication and social interaction."

Paul also set a new personal best time, of four hours and 18 minutes.

Speaking after the race, Paul said it was 'tremendous' to take part in aid of the RDA.

Paul added: "It was a tremendous experience.

"The crowds were so supportive and family and friends, including James, cheered me on at various stages of the run.

"It's a privilege to be able to support such a good cause which helps improve the lives of so many.

"All funds raised will be split between National RDA and The Cavalier Centre, the new home for Perry RDA."

Further donations can be made via virginmoneygiving.com/PaulWilliamson