I reached the 18 mile mark and with no memory at the water station I had blacked out and collapsed. The ladies there helped me and poured water over me and helped me get up. One of the Mencap runners saw me and kindly offered to help me walk for a mile. I burst into tears. I felt incredibly emotional. One spectator shared this photo with me and told me that it was a moment he would never forget. It isn't a pretty picture but this will always remind me how I kept on going and carried on fighting. The heat had got the better of me and nothing prepared me for that. I didn't want to give up. The time I finished didn't matter, I just wanted to complete it. We walked a mile and then ran for a bit together. I saw so many runners collapse and having to give up. I didn't want that to be me. I took it steady and kept going. Legs were knackered and felt like wood but I kept going. The last 800 yards was the hardest for me but I kept on going. I finished in 4hrs 48minutes. My first marathon and I finished. 3 months out with an injury was not a great start to my year. But I was determined to get strong with my physio. Completed a half marathon 3 weeks before and then finished the London Marathon. I actually did it!
I have raised just over £2700 for Mencap. I thank everyone who was behind me every step of the way. For all your support, kind donations and lovely messages. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Means the world!
1 year of preparing. 9 months of serious training. Over £4000 raised for charity. Over 600 miles conquered. So many friendships were built and so many races completed all to get this beauty. The race day may not have gone completely to plan but it was all worth every second. I can't believe the day came and went so quickly! But I don't want to stop there. I doubt I'll be committing to several different marathons but I'd definitely now call myself 'a runner' 😊
A few days to reflect on the London Marathon. The hottest on record. A day where I struggled to finish. A day when tens of thousands of inspirational and amazing runners united to push themselves to their limits in the toughest conditions, to run, walk or crawl to make it to the same finish line to help causes close to their hearts. I could get hung up on my finishing time which was not what I wanted. But instead I choose to be proud of being a finisher of the toughest London Marathon on record, surrounded by inspirational people and the most incredible crowd support on the planet - and no one will ever take that from me. Thank you London! #virginmoneylondonmarathon2018#london#marathon#running#runner
Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 ❤ you were fun, you were hard but most of all you were the best experience ive ever had..these photos show even though the weather was tough to get through..i could force a smile when i tried 😂 bring on Dublin 💙 #VMLM#virginmoneylondonmarathon2018#SeaparkAC#6803 🏃♀️