Vicki's Marathon Experience
Exhilarating, terrifying, heart-warming, emotional, amazing… Words truly can’t fully convey the experience of running the London marathon… just an incredible experience which I would recommend to anyone. Taking part in this iconic event, getting such amazing support through sponsorship and messages from such an array of incredible people (friends, family and colleagues), seeing my friends and family at different points along the course, the incredible support from all the strangers in the crowds, running through all the London landmarks, the camaraderie of the other runners, the brilliant volunteers, proudly wearing my EPT running vest – and actually managing to complete the course (without walking!) with a final time of 4 hours and 4 minutes – were just some of the highlights of one of the most incredible days of my life.
I have always enjoyed sport, and have been running for about 10 years, supported by getting involved in my local (Dulwich) Parkrun. I volunteered at the London marathon a couple of times via the Parkrun and had always been fascinated by the event, but never thought I’d be able to do it. But, as time went on, and my running improved, allowing me to do longer distances, I decided to enter the ballot, just to see what happened. I was unsuccessful in the ballot two years in a row but became increasingly keen to try to do the marathon (before getting too old!) and so decided to try via a charity place. If I was going to support a charity, I wanted however for it to be one that meant a lot to me.
It was when I was looking for charities that I came across the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. Having had three ectopic pregnancies of my own and hence knowing the pain, trauma and devastating impacts involved, the cause immediately struck a chord with me, and I applied. Within a few days, my place was confirmed and I was set on the road which brought me to the start line of the London marathon on 3rd October 2021.
Genuinely equally terrified as I was excited (a lot of sleepless nights!), I began training. Despite the fact that it was sometimes (often!) really hard, especially the last build-up with the long runs of 25k+ every weekend, and that I got an array of injuries which I had to build back up from, I can really say that I did overall enjoy the training. In some ways, the lockdown and associated reduced travel (usually I travel a lot for my job) was a blessing, as it meant I was able to run before work and still be at my desk by 9.00 – of course, it was also very isolating (and frightening) at times, but running kept me positive and focused. There were many ups and downs, but it was incredible to see how my body was gradually able to run further, get stronger and get over (more or less!) all the injury niggles.
We are incredibly grateful and proud of our EPT London Marathon team, who after set backs and delays have all worked so hard training and raising incredible funds and awareness. They have showed true grit and passion to achieve a lifetime achievement on the streets of London. If you feel inspired by Vicki’s fundraising experience please do take a look at ways to get involved and email our fundraising co-ordinator who will be very happy to help you Jill@ectopic.org.uk.