Kate Sergent’s Story.
My favourite route for long runs has to be along the canal towpath, so this was the route I decided to follow for my virtual London Marathon.
Having grown up in Birmingham I decided to go back to my roots and start from close to my old Birmingham home and then run to my current home in Stratford.
I planned it quite well knowing certain mileage points where friends could give me a drink and a shout!
My husband Martyn drove me to the start and stayed to see me off!
I was so chuffed when Sarah Odell said she would run with me and it really helped, as the conditions, especially in the first half, were pretty treacherous!
It felt more like a cross country run with floods and mud galore.
Friends were on the path at miles 10 and 17. At mile 18 my son, who had driven through floods from London, ran the last 8 miles and it was such a boost.
It was wonderful to be joined by my close friend David Jones at mile 20. He never runs further than 3 or 4 miles these days since becoming a world ranking athlete but he made an exception for me!!!
Sue Mothershaw joined up next and the Peter and Christine Coote were cheering me at various points along the way.
I absolutely loved every minute and it made me realise what a great club we are part of!!
Finally I was joined by Christine Cooper for last stretch.
I was pleased with my official time 5.06.08 as I know it would have been better in better conditions!
It was a great experience and a big thank you for all the support.
I was running to raise money for the Stratford Food Bank and I have currently raised well over £1000