Three years ago I entered a local half marathon, it was a real struggle from about 8 miles and I owe the fact I finished at all to a lady called Julie. I am proud to be able to say that I did finish, but more importantly I met a very inspirational lady.
Julie is our team leader and trainer. She has run the London Marathon three times and over the last year she’s been our alarm clock, our Sat Nav and encouragement. Three times a week my alarm goes off at 5am and I jump in the car to run with the girls.
There are six of us running the marathon in total – myself, Julie, Emma, Rebecca, Mary and Julie. Without doubt it is the friendship and team spirit that has kept us all on track. Eight weeks away from running the London Marathon I had successfully finished an 18 mile run – the biggest fear we have at this stage is injury.
Being able to take part in such an event is a real privilege for us all. We chose to run for Mencap as it is a charity that touches all of our lives in some way, and it is one that my parents have supported for many years.
As well as our sponsorship page we are holding many events to help raise money. We are baking and holding coffee mornings, a Race Night in our local pub The Greystones in Sawtry, Cambridgeshire and a Balti and Disco night too. We are so fortunate to have had the generosity and support of people.
Although the prospect of race day is terrifying, it holds tremendous excitement. I have always watched the London Marathon on TV and had a yearning to take part - after all you only need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. How hard can it be?
That remains to be seen, but I can safely say it will be an enormous achievement and one I couldn't have contemplated without the best of friends - and of course, pasta and chocolate!