A SCHOOL TEACHER has completed the London Marathon in memory of his best friend.

Steve Flintoft took up the challenge to complete as many running events as possible to raise funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the death of his friend Mike Scott.

The pair grew up together in Beadlam, attending Nawton Primary, Ryedale School and Lady Lumley’s Sixth Form. However, Mike died suddenly of an undiagnosed heart condition on December 28, 1996

Steve, 38, who is a teacher in Scarborough, said: “Mike dying devastated the whole school. Even though it is 21 years ago, I think about him every day, when things are hard, or in the good times, he is with me.”

The London Marathon challenge is part of two years of fundraising by Steve for CRY.

As well as raising money for research into genetic heart conditions and causes of sudden cardiac death, CRY also supports those who have suffered a tragedy and donates money to buy equipment.

Steve was supported on the marathon by his wife Lindsey, his two children Theo and Charlie and friends Emma and Richard Smailes who are members of the Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band. They cheered him on with brass music and flat caps.

Steve, who completed the marathon in just over four hours, said: “It was an amazing experience.

“I have been overwhelmed by the love and support people have given me in memory of Mike. I know he was there smiling down on me. On to the next challenge now.”

In total Steve has raised more than £2,000 and will continue throughout 2017, including the Kirkbymoorside 10k and Great North Run.

To support Steve, go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SteveFlintoft