Major Phil Packer was greeted by hundreds of well-wishers lining the final mile of the course.
Reaching the finishing line is a personal triumph for the Royal Military Police Officer, who suffered catastrophic injuries during a rocket attack in Basra, Iraq, in February 2008.
This man displays some commendable qualities and deserves recognition for his dedication, commitment and determination to succeed. At the same time he is humble enough to recognise the prominent support role others have played in his recovery.
He should be applauded for his efforts. For someone who was likely never to walk again, to complete the marathon distance proves many things, to his friends, his family, his supporters but most of all to himself and to those who may have doubted him.
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