Acorns Physiotherapist Sally Evans Shares Her Marathon Story…
Sally Evans has raised an incredible £5,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice thanks to her marathon efforts. Despite injury, the Worcester hospice Physio completed the 26.2-mile challenge in four hours and 31 minutes.
It was an amazing day. When I was running around it was phenomenal – that’s the only word to describe it. It’s like everybody is there just for you, cheering you on.
I was fine for the first half; the first half has all the London sites. I felt really good and just wanted to enjoy it. The second half takes you out to Canary Wharf which is quieter so it’s a bit harder. But I saw my husband at three different points and had a couple of power hugs from him.
I was going to take it really easy but I was quite fast during the first half. By the time I got to London Bridge, which was about the half-way point, I knew I had to start slowing down a little.
When I got to the 20-mile point I knew I’d only got an hour left. People were shouting my name and cheering me on, I’d got it written on my vest. It was brilliant. And as I was going round people we’re saying ‘Go Acorns!’, which was just amazing. One guy even told me he’d run for Acorns two years ago, so there was a lot of awareness of Acorns.
I reached £5,000 in fundraising the day before the run. I’d only set out to raise £2,500. I was thinking about the support I’d received as I was running. It was really overwhelming. I couldn’t have done it without that support.
I would recommend running the London Marathon to anyone. It’s an amazing life experience!
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