Every runner in the Virgin Money London Marathon has a story of what brings them to the start line. It’s just as interesting to know what helps them over the finish line. We spoke to Lucy Lucas-Rowe – a first time marathoner – about what her motivation has been to take on the 26-mile challenge.
My son Hugo was born with a rare genetic brain disorder and had uncontrolled epilepsy for years. When he got to school age we felt Victoria Education Centre, which is run by Livability, was the best place for him as it provided him with a high level of support combined with a very nurturing environment that he needed at that time.
It has always been a dream of mine and every year I watch the big event and marvel at the courage and determination of so many people who have managed to do it.
I wanted to run for a charity I had a connection with and think the work Livability do for disabled people is very valuable.
Disabled people are all so different and their needs often complex and incredibly varied. However, given the right environment and support they have so much to offer.
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The physical preparation and training has been the biggest challenge I have ever encountered. I will be celebrating my half century two days before the marathon, so am no spring chicken.
The easiest bit so far has been immersing myself in all things to do with running. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about running, the nutritional science behind it, the science behind fitness, and have loved what it is doing to my body!
I am following a plan I downloaded from the internet which is stuck on the fridge at home. I knew nothing about progression running, tempo training or Fartlek, but I have found doing the different levels of exercises, combined with the hilly Dorset countryside, really helpful in building up my endurance.
Running has been really good for me and bizarrely I have more energy after a run than before. I find the sense of achievement I get after a successful run makes me feel great.
Hugo grew through his epilepsy and learnt to deal with his condition. He has grown into a confident and accomplished young man and I put much of that down to the care and support he was given by such dedicated and caring staff.
He now believes in himself totally, has gone on to mainstream college and will be going to university in September, which is an amazing achievement. I feel if I can raise some funds for the charity behind his school I will in some small part repay the debt I owe them for helping Hugo so much.
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