A mum from Ampthill was overjoyed at completing the London marathon last Sunday
Mother of two Christine Davies completed the 26 miles and 385 yards and beat her target time of four hours by five minutes.
Delighted Christine said: “It really was one of the best days of my life. Seeing my husband, Nigel, children, Harry and Milly and my friends from Ampthill standing by Buckingham Palace and on Tower Bridge was a very special moment.
I welled up on the Mall as I just couldn’t believe I had finished it and in such a great time. Never in a million years did I expect to finish in under four hours. But I ran with some marathon pace setters and they spurred me on until the end. All that horrid training in the dire weather conditions, the juggling of work, running and kids was worth every second. It was a truly awesome day.
“After you published my story last week it prompted Nadine Dorries to send me a lovely letter wishing me luck ahead of the race which was kind of her.”
Working mum Christine, who ran to raise money for the charity Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA) joked: “I said to people beforehand to gag me if I ever said I would do it again - well they will have to buy a big gag as I would love to run it again. I now have the London Marathon bug!”
To donate to Christine’s marathon fund visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/christinesmith
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James Denison, who finished the capital city run in three hours 40 minutes said: “Going over Tower Bridge was probably the image that will stay with me most vividly. I also enjoyed Canary Wharf – it was great to be running through the tall buildings with a fantastic crowd and to start actually racing a bit as well.
“The last two miles were tough, but I’d certainly be up for it again, which is a good job since I’m running the Milton Keynes Marathon in May!”
James, who ran in support of Richard House Children’s Hospice, finished in 3 hours 40 minutes said: “Running for Richard House worked as a great motivating factor - when you’re running for people who have to endure so much on a daily basis, enduring a marathon is put into perspective.”
Hannah Bosley, community and events fundraiser at Richard House, said: “It was great to see James and so many runners giving their all for Richard House.
“The children, families and staff at Richard House are incredibly grateful to all of our marathon runners.
“The money they raised will be put to good use ensuring we can continue to provide our services for children who have life-limiting illnesses and their families.”