Our wonderful Roald Dahl Story Company colleague, Grace completed her first London Marathon in a MARVELLOUS 4 hrs 27 mins on Oct 4th raising a fantastic £2557.60 for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.
Grace will also be taking part in the London Marathon 2021 and is hoping to continue her fundraising, if you would like to support Grace please visit her fundraising page
With the Marathon looking a little different this year, running alone has become a familiar theme for Grace, having completed 6 half marathons virtually for her training. We spoke to Grace about her motivation for taking part in the London Marathon, the challenges she faced with training and how it feels to have finished and raised such a MARVELLOUS amount for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity:
What motivated you to run the London Marathon in aid of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity? I have always wanted to run the London Marathon, and every year after watching someone I know cross the finish line, I tell myself “next year will be the year” but I never got around to doing it. However, when I joined The Roald Dahl Story Company last year and learnt more about the incredible work that Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity do, it just made sense to really go for it. We were lucky enough to visit some of the incredible children, families and nurses last year, just before Christmas, and seeing them just solidified it for me.
What kept you motivated during gruelling training? At the beginning of the year I was forced to take 3 months off running due to severe case of shin splints, so when I was able to run again, I just had to make up time. It was really difficult to keep up the momentum of training this year, especially after the April date was cancelled, and with all the uncertainty as to whether the race would happen. The thought that “this marathon is going to happen at some point”, kept me going, whenever it was, I needed to be ready for it! A marathon is something I have always wanted to achieve, so I wanted to make sure I was ready for it whenever they decided to spring it on us!! Daily workout classes were an absolute game changer for me, and I couldn’t have completed this without doing them!
What did you find was the hardest part of the training? Injuries! At one point this year I didn’t think I would be able to complete it. I have spent a lot of time in physio this year, and the frustration that comes when your body is fit enough to keep running but your legs will not let you is one of the hardest things! That, and the fact that every run is different, one day it can feel easy, the next it can feel like you’ve never ran before, it’s very much a mental game!
How would you describe the feeling of finishing the marathon and raising such a MARVELLOUS amount for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity? Honestly, it is one of the best things I have ever done. I finished and straight away said “I cannot wait for next year”. It was an experience that (fingers crossed) will not happen like that again and in a weird way I am so lucky and thankful that I have been able to experience it, and that I get to do it again next year! The support I have had is like nothing I have had before, the kind words I had from everyone before, during and after really has been overwhelming. It is such an amazing feeling knowing that doing something like that has helped others and I cannot wait to build on the fundraising amount for next year! Thank you Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity for trusting me to run for you! One thing I will say is, if you can, get yourselves signed up, it is so worth it - if I can do it, anyone can!
Grace’s amazing donation will help provide specialist nurses and support for seriously ill children living with complex, lifelong illnesses. There are currently 79 Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses caring for over 21,000 children across the UK. Our nurses work directly with the child and family, supporting them in the community and within the hospital setting. They support children and families affected by underfunded conditions, including epilepsy, acquired brain injury, rare diseases, sickle cell and thalassemia. They also support young people transitioning from child to adult healthcare services, ensuring young people do not fall through the gap and continue to receive high – quality care. Our vision is that every seriously ill child deserves a Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse to help them lead a more marvellous life.
If you are taking part in a challenge event or looking to challenge yourself this year, why not fundraise in aid of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, our fundraising team are on help to help with fundraising resources, advice and support.