It’s Lucy again! The last time I wrote I was making my final preparations for the 38th Virgin Money London Marathon and now I am an official finisher.
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who made my cake sale at Wendron such a success. On the day I managed to raise £112 for Mind, and I couldn’t of done that without all of your kind donations, whether that be from making or buying cake, having a go at my sweepstake, or any other sponsorship. I can’t begin to explain how much I appreciate it. Also, I often hear Chris talk about riding his bike so it was a treat to actually see him in action for a change!
Adding everything raised at the cake sale to all my other donations both on and offline I have raised to date a whopping £950, which is just shy of my £1000 target. I’m so pleased and I know that money will help continue to break down the stigma relating to mental health as well as support those who are dealing with them.
Race day was hot. The hottest on record in fact, with temperatures reaching 23.2 degrees centigrade. I was quite worried about how I would react to running in that heat, especially after a particularly cold and wet winter, but nevertheless I arrived at Blackheath bright and early and ready to take on my challenge. Forty Five minutes after the race was officially begun by the Queen I crossed the blue start line and began the London Marathon.
It was pretty tough, and at times I really struggled to believe I would make it home. Around Canary Wharf was particularly challenging and my legs felt dead. But there were so many incredible moments too, like running past my Falmouth friend The Cutty Sark, going over Tower Bridge, and seeing all of my supporters at mile 23 and down on the Embankment. The crowds in general were amazing, and the whole of the city was like a big party. I loved every second, and running down the Mall was the best feeling.
My final time was 5.40.28, and the person who won the sweepstake kindly donated their £26.20 winnings back to the charity.
To date I have run 433.2 miles this year which is more than Chris has cycled! He has a bit of catching up to do. (I’ve only done 311 according to Strava)
Thank you all once again for your support. I know this is a cliche but I truly couldn’t of done it without you.