CHARITY champion Fay Reddington says completing the London Marathon on Sunday was an experience she will never forget.
The 38-year-old managed to cross the finish line after 8 hours 11 minutes.
She was one of more than 37,000 amateur athletes, fun runners and elite sportsmen and women who entered the gruelling 26.2 mile marathon in the capital.
Fay was raising money for the PSP Association, which is dedicated to the support of people with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and the related disease Cortico Basal Degeneration (CBD), and those who care for them.
She also ran in the memory of her husband John, who died last year after suffering from kidney failure.
She said: “It was quite tough towards the end. My left leg tightened up. I have got blisters and blood blisters as well.
“It is an experience you never forget, especially when it is your first one.
“I was quite proud of the fact I had done it. I couldn’t believe I had made it to the finish line.”
The event saw a lot of camaraderie among those who took part, according to Fay.
“There was quite a lot of people helping each other just to get over the line,” she said.
“I had a lot of support.”
Fay, who is well known in Pocklington, but lives near Bridlington, is hoping to raise £2,012 for the PSP Association but says she still has a long way to go before she reaches that target.
She said: “Thank you to everyone who has supported me.
“Keep the money coming in. I need to reach my target.”
PSP is a rare degenerative brain disease which affects eye movement, balance, mobility, speech and swallowing.
To make a donation to PSP and sponsor Fay’s efforts visit virginmoneygiving.com.
Another person to cross the London Marathon finish line on Sunday was Alan Kendra, of Percy Road, Pocklington.
Alan, chairman of Pocklington Runners club, completed the race in three hours 38 minutes.
He raised funds for the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, in recognition of specialist treatment he received there for a detached retina.