Suffolk woman completes London Marathon for military charity
28 April 2016 16:10
A woman from Suffolk completed the London Marathon on Sunday 24 April 2016 for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.
Fran Williams, 51 and from Great Thurlow, has run the London Marathon before but found it a very different experience this year due to the crowds, fellow runners and the atmosphere.
Fran says: "I was a bit more serious about it this year, I was in a different starting position, I knew more about pacing and because I am raising money for Blind Veterans UK I wanted to give it my all."
Fran enjoyed running the scenic 26 mile route which took her through Greenwich, across Tower Bridge and past the Houses of Parliament and completed the course in four hours and 39 minutes.
She says: "I was fine up until the 20 mile marker, then I just wanted a cup of tea. However, a fellow runner wearing a Blind Veterans UK vest patted me on the back and said 'keep going!'.
"His encouragement and the crowd cheering is what motivated me and got me across the finish line."
Even though Fran lost more than two months of training due to moving house, she felt better than she thought she would after the marathon.
Fran says: "My legs were a bit tired but they were fine by the Tuesday. I celebrated with a meal with my running club right after, and then another meal with my family when I got home. I can't wait to do it again next year!"
Fran has raised nearly £1,200 for Blind Veterans UK with her London Marathon adventure, a cause she feels passionate about as both her parents served in the Second World War. Fran's father served as a Pilot flying Lancaster bombers, and her mother worked at Bletchley Park, the code breaking centre in Milton Keynes.
Fran says: "Blind Veterans UK is a fantastic charity. I think the work they do is outstanding, bringing hope and opportunities to such brave people who served our country. I couldn't think of a more worthy charity to support."
If you feel inspired by Fran, why not run the London Marathon in 2017 for Blind Veterans UK? Please visitblindveterans.org.uk/londonmarathon for more information and to apply for one of the charity's places.
You can still support Fran after finishing the London Marathon for Blind Veterans UK by visiting justgiving.com/Fran-Williams2