Lisa Garrard, 51 and from East Hunsbury, decided to take on the 26 mile challenge to support us as we commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, and has raised over £2,000 in the lead up to the event.

Lisa has a close military connection as her uncle, Lance Bombardier Arthur Powell, served in the Second World War before being listed as a missing person in March 1942. It was later announced that he had become a Prisoner of War in one of the mining Omine Prisoner of War camps, two hours away from Hiroshima in Japan. She says: “His life stories are some that I will never forget.”

Working as a Child Protection and Safeguarding Lead in a school, Lisa understands what it’s like to work with those that are highly vulnerable and how hard it is for some to pick themselves up after being knocked so many times. She adds: “We forget about those who are still carrying on with very little support after their lives have changed forever when they lose their sight.”

In order to raise as much money as possible, Lisa has organised several fundraising events including two afternoon teas, a raffle and a number of tombolas.

Lisa at mile 17 of the London Marathon
"My family and friends are my biggest supporters and I am so grateful for all their help.”

Lisa trained hard in preparation for the big day; following the intermediate training plan available from the London Marathon website. In order to increase her stamina and motivation, she also received support from Scottish Commonwealth Games road cyclist Gemma Neill, as well as the owner of her local spin class, Louise Tippleston. Lisa says: “They give me great advice and keep pushing me beyond my limits.”

The marathon isn’t the only sporting event that Lisa has set her sights on this year though, as she plans to cycle to Austrian Alps in September with her husband.

Lisa completed the marathon in an impressive 5 hours 37 minutes.

“I have a strong positive attitude and am looking forward to the experience!”

You can donate and help Lisa to raise further money by visiting her Justgiving page.

Fancy following in Lisa's footsteps and running the London Marathon in 2020? Register your interest today.

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