A MARATHON effort was well worth it for Studley Wood assistant professional Adam Hawkins.

The 35-year-old is resting his aching legs after packing 72 holes into five and a half hours.

It was all in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, a charity close to his heart after his father Roger was diagnosed with the disease in 2016.

The effort saw him smash the £5,000 fundraising target and the total now stands at £6,220.

While it was fast and furious from the moment he teed off at 5.30am, Hawkins also played some good golf.

Rounds of 73, 77, 77 and 75 left him just ten-over par.

He said: “I was having no practise swings and once I hit it I ran after the ball.

“I had eight birdies and without thinking about it I hit them close.

“Normally you take your time – maybe golf should be quicker like that.”

The members all played their part, waving Hawkins, who was limping for the final 18 holes, across the line.

He said: “When I came to finish my final round there were about 100 members around the green.

“The way I look at it, even though I’m in pain now there are a lot of people who suffer all the time and it’s great so much money has been raised.”