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Meet the runners: ‘My best friend inspired me to take on my first marathon’

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 prematurely.

‘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!

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