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Fundraiser Tales: Ann’s #TeamOrange London Marathon story
Ann Baty, one of our Parent Ambassadors took on a huge challenge by signing up to the London Marathon last year as part of #TeamOrange. In this Fundraiser Tale, we hear all about her challenging, yet rewarding experience and what it meant to her.
Why did you decide to take part in the London Marathon for Challengers?
I wanted to give something back to Challengers for all the good things they have given our family.
Had you done a marathon before?
This was my first ever marathon- totally a new challenge, and twice the distance of my previous Challengers run for Kelly’s at Loseley park in 2017.
How did you feel when you found out you were officially taking part in the event for Challengers?
Very apprehensive! Would I be able to raise the funds!
Describe your training methods – how did you find the time leading up to event?
I joined a brilliant local running club called Hook Runners – they provided fully supportive training sessions/tips/plenty of fellow first-time marathon runners to train with and excellent motivation from the group.
How did you decide to fundraise?
I spread the word locally and with friends and family about Challengers and Team Orange. I also organised post-marathon Ladies Wellbeing event and “Thank-you” party for all my friends. Overall, I almost doubled the Challengers target amount by reaching approximately £3,400!
How did it go on the day? What kept you going?
Unfortunately, just weeks before the ‘big day’ I developed a persistent knee problem which did not respond to rest and recuperation. After running around 6 miles the knee gave out, so I had to walk the remaining 20 miles, finishing in 7 hrs 5 mins. The sense of the occasion and a determination on behalf of by daughter Lizzie, and gratitude to Challengers for their wonderful support to us and many other families over the years kept me going to cross the line.
Did you enjoy seeing the Challengers cheer team?
It felt like seeing a mirage in the desert, but the Team Orange spirit was real at mile 21, and so welcome in my hour(s) of need!!!
What did it feel like when you crossed the finish line?
It was a huge relief to cross the line at all, and my time was irrelevant – I had done it!
What would you say to encourage people to take part in the London Marathon 2020 for Challengers?
You don’t have to be fast – you just have to be committed to do your best, just as Challengers does for us!
If you feel inspired by Ann’s marathon story – find out how you can represent #TeamOrange in a challenge event on our events page!
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