Why did you run the marathon 2017 for Children with Cancer UK?
My family got involved with Children with Cancer UK in 2010 after our son Louis was diagnosed with leukaemia. My husband has run three times, several other family members and close friends have well and truly done their bit, so I thought it was time I did mine.
How did you feel at the start of the marathon course?
I felt really excited at the start line with a few butterflies, a bit like my wedding day!
How was the first 14 miles of the race?
I really enjoyed the first 14 miles as I ran them with my cousin John, who also ran for Children with Cancer UK. He made me laugh and entertained me, so the time passed quicker.
What kept you going?
All I kept in my mind the whole way round was what Louis had been through over a three year period. However much my body hurt and ached, it could not compare to what he had been through. I had his name printed on the back of my vest too so he was with me all the way.
Did you see your family and friends throughout the course?
I saw lots of friends and family along the way and had support every few miles. This made such a difference and kept my spirits up, especially past 20 miles when it got really tough. I found it really emotional every time I saw someone I knew.
How much have you raised so far for Children with Cancer UK?
To date the three of us – Aoife, John and myself have raised £12,224 for Children with Cancer UK.