By Jess Thompsett
6.5 hours, 26.2 miles, many tears and a damaged medial ligament yet it was one of the best experiences of my life.
On Sunday 3rd October, after 4 months of training, hours and hours of running per week and lots of ice packs, I had the challenge of completing the London Marathon on behalf of St Margaret's Hospice, Somerset.
It was a fabulous experience with crowds cheering, bands playing music, children handing out sweets on the roadside and the roar of Tower Bridge will never be forgotten. To be moved and overwhelmed is an understatement.
The run went well until 14 miles -- just after Tower Bridge -- where my knee locked and I couldn't even walk and thought I'd have to pull out. With a bit of manipulation and stubbornness, I went on with a run / walk effort through the torrential rain then wind of Canary Wharf and all the way to the finish line on the Mall. What a thrill! I am delighted to have completed it but my medal didn't stay on me for long as my 17 month old daughter liked the rather large, shiny 'toy' instead.
Thank you the locals who I have seen out and about over the 4 months: there have been people wishing me well; asking what I was running for and even stopping their car to say keep going. All very much appreciated.
I have raised nearly £1300 for St Margaret's Hospice. They looked after my dad during his last few days in October 2020 and this money is going to make a difference to families in the future.
The run was a once in a lifetime experience where I kept my dad (and my mum as sadly she died suddenly and unexpectedly 4 weeks ago) close in my mind and heart.
What a privilege yet one I never want to do again!
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