Meet the runners: ‘My best friend inspired me to take on my
Putney runner Sophie Fanshawe is taking on the Virgin Money
London Marathon after seeing her friend complete the challenge for
St John Ambulance last year
Putney runner Sophie Fanshawe will be taking part in the 2016
Virgin Money London Marathon for St John Ambulance and is urging
other runners to follow in her footsteps.
Sophie, 20, will be fundraising for the nation’s leading first
aid charity in the lead-up to marathon day when more than 1,000 St
John Ambulance first aiders will line the route, ready to treat
injured runners and spectators.
She says: ‘I watched one of my best friends run her first London
Marathon this year and she ran for St John Ambulance. She was
absolutely ecstatic with the support given to her by the St John
Ambulance team throughout her training and following her completion
of the marathon.
‘She inspired me to take on my first marathon and I feel that
running and fundraising in support of such a great organisation
will be amazing.’
Sophie is a psychology graduate who works as an assistant
psychologist at a secondary school in Stockwell.
Attempting a full marathon is a particular challenge for Sophie
who has suffered health problems due to her being born three months
‘Running was initially quite a struggle for me but I kept at it
and pushed through the pain barrier,’ she says.
Sophie will be among nearly 240 runners fundraising for St John
Ambulance in the Virgin Money London Marathon on 24 April.
Brilliant effort, Sophie! Good luck!
We’re already looking for next year’s intrepid marathon runners.
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over the finish line, while raising vital life saving funds.
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