Here at Seasalt HQ we’re still brimming with pride for our three runners who completed the London Marathon. Heather, Amber and Suzy all headed up to London with their running shoes firmly on and took the 26 miles in their stride (literally). We caught up with them to find out why they took part, who they raised money for and what the entire experience was like…
I’m fundraising for the Multiple System Atrophy Trust. MSA is a rare neurological condition which often gets misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s and it’s a cause close to my heart as my dad has this condition. At present there is no cure, and only limited knowledge about the drugs that can help the sufferer cope on a day-to-day basis. To help secure more funding for research we need to raise the profile of MSA, which I hope I have helped to do.
I applied for the marathon by the ballot system and didn’t expect to get a place, so when I did I really had to up the training, as I’m more at home on the sofa than on my feet! Running the marathon is a great experience though and once you’ve done it, it really does feel like you can achieve anything – even if you can’t walk for a week afterwards!
I ran the London Marathon with a Gold Bond charity place from Marie Curie Cancer Care and pledged to raise 2k for the charity. I chose to run for Marie Curie because it’s a great local charity and I’ve been touched by the amazing work they do.
The atmosphere on race day was amazing and although the last three miles were really tough, the support from the crowds and the party atmosphere carried me over the finish line. I completed the race in 4hrs and 5 mins.
Suzy is currently have a well-deserved holiday but we hope to catch up with her about her experience when she gets back.
Don’t forget it’s not too late to donate to these charities :)