Celebrating our VLM19 Marathon Runners – Nicola Akers

Nicola has just run her third marathon, first London marathon joining our  VLM19 team. Nicola has set herself an incredible target of completing 5 marathons in just over a year. These challenges that Nicola has set are really important to her to keep her focus and looking towards the future after a truly terrifying few years or heartache. Nicola soaked up the amazing atmosphere to complete the marathon in a great time of 06:33:03. Here you can read Nicola’s heart wrenching story, her passion to succeed and why she ran for the charity and her experience on the day.

Nicola’s Story:

After suffering 2 ruptured ectopic pregnancies and discovering I could no longer have a child, I became depressed, my marriage failed and my weight soared to 20 stone.

2 years ago I decided this couldn’t continue! I lost 4 and a half stone and decided to do couch to 5km. Last year I watched the amazing people take part in the London Marathon and found it totally inspiring, I decided that I wanted to do a challenge completely out of my comfort zone to raise money for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, I contacted them to see if there was any possibility of a place, which I was lucky enough to get! I turn 40 this year and decided I would complete 5 marathons by the end of this year. I have so far completed Brighton, Edinburgh and London and have Edinburgh in 4 weeks and Berlin in September.

The training went well, however on the last week I contracted a head cold and chest infection, I dosed up on every vitamin known to man kind but woke up on Sunday morning wheezy and terrified. I made my way to the arranged meeting point to meet the gang I had been talking to for months but not met, it was one of the highlights of my day! Such amazing people and it got my head back in the game. 

We started and I felt like Beyonce. The crowd were shouting my name and I got swept into the most amazing atmosphere ever, in fact I achieved a PB 5 km, 10 km and half (marathon day is not the day to do this ). At mile 19 the fuel ran out, and I hit the wall, I couldn’t get my breath, my chest hurt and I went into a bit of panic. I was advised to stop but that was never going to happen! I was given an inhaler and mostly jogged / power walked to the end. My family met me at 21 and 25 miles and the emotion came. With lots of words of encouragement I crossed the line in floods of tears but I had done it!!

I am so grateful to the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust for not only giving me the opportunity to give something back to them for all the support I have received but also for helping me to achieve something incredible and meeting the most amazing people along the way.

If you are sat there doubting you can do it – don’t!

You can! I completed it in 6.33, I’m slow but I still achieved 26.2 miles and have the medal to prove it whilst raising 2.5 k. It truly is the most incredible experience.

We are so grateful to all Nicola’s hard work training and raising funds and awareness for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust.  If you feel inspired and would like to donate to our marathon runners please see Nicola and her fellow runners fundraising pages.  Or please get in touch if you would like to be part of our team next year.

Kerry Slevin
,Joe Greenwood, William GarrettSarah DoyleNicola AkersConor RawsonSuzanne GarrettHannah Law, Natalie Ross, Rob O’Halloran