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Marathon Challenge Complete!
Congratulations and thank you to Emma Wilcock who completed the London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April 2018 to raise money to support our work. The unusually warm weather added an extra element to the challenge, but Emma perservered and completed the 26.2 miles in an amazing 4 hours 27 minutes.
We caught up with Emma once she'd had a chance to recover from her epic run to reflect back on the challenge of a lifetime.
How were you feeling prior to marathon day?
The week leading up to the marathon I just wanted to get to London to collect my number and begin the run! I was feeling excited but very apprehensive at the same time.
What was it like on the start line?
There was such a buzz on the start line! Everyone was so friendly, sharing their training stories and previous marathon experiences.
What was the most challenging part of the marathon?
The most challenging part of the marathon was contending with the heat! I’d spent months training in layers of clothing so I wasn’t prepared for the sun to be shining so brightly!
What was your marathon highlight?
My favourite part of the marathon was seeing my partner in the crowd. I was lucky enough to see him five times along the route, which helped keep me focused!
Describe what the atmosphere was like?
The atmosphere was incredible! Everyone was so supportive - it was very moving how lovely everyone was being. I was on a high all day long!
What were the crowds like?
The crowds were amazing, I don’t remember there being a quiet section along the route. It’s such a lifting moment when you hear people shout your name and encourage you along. Cutty Sark was a particularly well spectated part, there was such a roar of cheers for the runners as you swept around the ship.
How did you feel when you crossed the finish line?
I felt like I was going to burst into tears with all the emotions! It was such a surreal moment, I couldn’t have been happier to complete a marathon but was so sad the run was over at the same time.
How did you feel the day after?
I felt exhausted! Also slightly frustrated as it would have been perfect weather conditions on the Monday to run a marathon! But overall it’s left me feeling a great sense of personal achievement.
I’d like to thank everyone who supported me over the past few months and sponsored me for my efforts, I’m extremely grateful! Thank you also to The Benjamin Foundation for providing me with the opportunity to run on their behalf - it’s an experience that I’ll hold close to my heart for the rest of my life.
Thank you Emma - we are so thankful for you completing the London Marathon for us. What an amazing challenge!
Emma has raised a £1,380.47 so far and her fundraising page is still open if you would like to donate: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EmmaWilcock
If you would like to complete a sporting challenge to raise money to support our work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org - we'd love to hear from you.
Photos: Emma with her Virgin Money London Marathon medal, and collecting her certificate from The Benjamin Foundation's Jessica Glover and Matt Tansley, Manager of the Norwich Virgin Money Lounge.