Healthcare Assistant Louise Wells completed the London Marathon in 4 hours 49 minutes, raising a total of £659 so far (and hopefully there is more to come) which is going towards fitting out a new therapeutic room at The Cedars in Exeter.
Louise works part-time as a Healthcare Assistant at The Cedars to fund her studies to become a mental health nurse - she is currently a first-year student at Plymouth University.
Sunday's event was the hottest Race Day on record for the more than 40,000 runners who completed the course. There were 34 Guinness World Records as runners braved temperatures of up to 24°C in all manner of fancy dress costumes.
Louise comments: "This was my first marathon and it was one the hardest things I've ever had to do as the heat was so draining. I got round in 4 hours 49 minutes which was not as good as I'd hoped for but after the first half I was happy if I was just able to finish it!
“The crowd were amazing and so supportive. It was a fantastic atmosphere the whole way round. I have no idea how the people in fancy dress costumes managed to do it in that hot weather. St John’s Ambulance were fabulous. They were busier than usual because so many were suffering from the heat.”
You can still make a donation to Louise here.
If you think you might be up for running the London Marathon next year for our Charitable Funds now’s the time to start planning!
Forget the usual excuses of age and infirmity - aged 87, John Starbrook was the oldest competitor on Sunday's course getting round in 8 hours and 21 minutes. It was his 32nd London Marathon! He started running for Age UK back in the 1980s when he was aged 53 and has raised more than £40,000 over the years.
Daniel Robson, our Head of Charity Fundraising, can advise, support and help you maximize your fundraising ambitions whether you want to run a marathon, hold a cake sale, dress down day or a concert.