I have done the London Marathon for the past two years, and the number of St John's volunteers available throughout the course is phenomenal. On my way to the start line in 2018, I was very nervous and remember sharing a DLR carriage with some St John's volunteers. When we got to the station, they all wished me luck and one of shouted "we hope we don't see you!!". That stuck with me throughout the day, how these strangers were not only taking the time to be there to help us runners medically, but also through random acts of kindness like simply cheering us on.
So in a nutshell, I want to give back to the charity that has played a part in both my London experiences. Working for the NHS I know the incredible work our paramedics do, and this extends to St John's volunteers. The fact these guys are volunteers and don't get paid for their work makes them even more special.This year at about Mile 16 I picked up an injury and didn't think I could finish. I stopped for some medical attention (inflamed IT Band), and the physio and volunteers from St John's who looked after me were lovely, and gave me comfort in saying if I needed help further along the route I would be able to find someone.
In 2019 my boyfriend Matt decided to run the marathon in memory of his dad. Sadly, he didn’t manage to finish the race and found himself in a very bad way after collapsing at mile 23! The emergency care that Matt received from the St John ambulance volunteers was amazing.
It has been tiring to say the least juggling work, training and a house move but I am feeling confident that we will cross the finish line together (and hopefully we will not see the inside of the St John ambulance tent this year!) I know it sounds dramatic but I honesty felt like they saved his life. Both his mum, brother and myself were very, very worried in that tent. He is crazily going to be back to try again this year (hopefully won’t need you guys this time!) so I thought what better way to make sure he passes the finish line than to run with him, and for a great cause that is very close to us both!
Back in 2014 I had a motorcycle accident where I suffered a bleed on the brain. If it wasn't for the quick response of the ambulance team the outcome could have been very different and I feel I may not be here today. For this reason I would like to try and give something back.
If you’d like to support St John Ambulance by running the London Marathon in 2022, you can find out more here: www.sja.org.uk/run-the-tcs-london-marathon