Leanne Rice: London Marathon Success

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my family, friends and the local businesses that helped get me to the start line of the London Marathon in April. For those of you who were unaware, not only did I have to train every weekend for 18 weeks, I had the added pressure of having to raise £2,000 for my chosen charity “WellChild.”  With the organisation of several fundraising events and the generosity of people, I managed to exceed my target and raise a fantastic £3015.20!

So about the run

People kept asking me after the marathon “how was it.” My reply; “Hot” – having trained in winter, ice, bitter winds and snow! The heat was somewhat different to what I had been used to, but helpful training tips managed to keep me going. Despite the weather, the run itself was just indescribable, the atmosphere was phenomenal, and the support of spectators was second to none!  The miles seemed to fly by until roughly mile 24 when my legs were feeling quite tired, but luckily, managed not to stop. The sight then of seeing Big Ben in front of me, gave me a real boost. I knew I hadn’t got far to go! Crossing the finishing line was very overwhelming and even more so when the person at the end puts that medal around your neck! Next, the photographer!

Leanne Rice North Tawton London Marathon 2011 for WellChild

The grin says it all! Fantastically, I completed the run in 04:11:52 and I have already entered the ballot for next year.

Being able to run the marathon was a once in a lifetime experience I will never forget. But my main reason was raising vital money for such unfortunate children who are unlucky enough not to lead healthy lives like the majority of us take for granted.

Across the course were several “WellChild” supporters and at every one of these I took a moment to think about who I was running for, which made it so much more worthwhile.  With the help of my families and friends not only have I achieved a dream but I would also like to think I have made a huge impact on those poorly children’s lives.

Thank you again to everyone who supported my events and for the generosity of people who kindly sponsored me.

Leanne Rice

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