On Sunday 28th April 2019, Lisa took part in her first London Marathon. It was a perfect day, cool but sunny, with the odd shower en route which helped cool the runners down.
Over 50,000 runners took part, bringing along family and friends to spectate, with the largest ever number completing at 42,500 finishers. Lisa hadn’t taken in the sheer scale of the event, purposely making it more of a jolly for her family so that it wasn’t all about the running. This helped, as leading up to it, she was very relaxed about it all, from the start and all the way through. The crowd was electric and definitely helped to spur the runners on. Despite a ripping stitch around mile 18, Lisa felt strong all the way round and even had enough energy to sprint from mile 23.
Lisa said afterwards,
“It was an amazing day and a fantastic experience. I would like to thank once again everyone who has supported me with donations and good wishes and helped me to achieve this. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy my first full marathon experience, I have managed to exceed my target and raise over £3,000 for St Mary’s Hospice in memory of my uncle whom we lost to Cancer in December 2016. “
I’m amazed that I have actually run the London Marathon, something I have wanted to do for a while now. It just goes to show, if you put your mind to it and put the hard work in, you can do anything”.
The London marathon has helped to raise in excess of £45.5 million for various charities and St Mary’s Hospice will receive £18,000 from fundraisers participating in this year’s marathon alone.
There is still time to sponsor Lisa until July for those would like to donate.