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"Every year we stand outside and cheer as the runners go past and every year Mike says he's going to enter it so I made sure this year he did. The Rotorua Marathon is one of the most iconic marathons in New Zealand so I knew he would want his first marathon to be this one."
Mrs James also had her eye out for other runners taking part.
"There are a few friends I'm keeping an eye out for as they pass. The Ngongotaha spot we always watch from is the best because you get to see everyone pretty close together. After they pass Ngongotaha the runners get further and further apart."
Mr James said he had a good sense of accomplishment as he crossed the finish line.
"I expected it to be hard but it was okay. The second half was considerably harder - especially being a local and knowing the roads, I knew how far away I was which was hard."
He crossed the finish line after four hours and 55 minutes.