When David Telling, a principal lecturer at the Inns of Court School of Law, started out on a 40-mile marathon, there were prayers that he would finish. When he did, more than eight hours later, hymns were sung in the streets. Telling ran the double-marathon distance alone to raise more than £1,500 for restoration work on St Wilfrid's Church in his home town of Haywards Heath. “I took part in the London Marathon eight years ago, but this was nearly twice the distance,” said Telling. “I started at 8am and finished at 4.40pm, with very good weather all the way. When I arrived at the finish, a lot of people from the local churches turned out and were singing hymns in the streets.”