Sally Cook, Practice Manager at Kesson Physiotherapy Service in Faversham, braved the wettest day on record to run her first marathon and raised £1422 for Catching Lives. This was the rescheduled London Marathon which Sally had been hoping to finally run in, having waited so long. Unfortunately, the goal-posts were moved once more and it was announced the event could only be run in London by elite runners only due to social distancing restrictions. All those registered to run could still do so but it had to be over an alternate course. Sally chose to run over the Thanet coastal Marathon route.
“The marathon went well,” Sally told us. “I came out of it without too much damage, just a little tired. The weather was shockingly cold, wet and windy but I finished in 5hrs 50 mins which I was pleased with. I had lots of support along the way from my husband who ran the whole distance with me and friends & family braved the weather too.” Sally then treated herself to a well-earned holiday in Cornwall. She has gained a place through the ballot system to enable her to take part in the April 2022 London Marathon and hopes the weather will be better then.
Sally, who turned 50 in July, was inspired to run for Catching Lives by her nephew, Luke Mumford, a student at Canterbury University. He would regularly help the homeless, always endeavouring to make their difficult lives a little more comfortable. Luke tragically lost his life in a car accident aged just 20 in 2016.
We’re thrilled that Sally chose to run in aid of Catching Lives; the funding she has raised will help us to support homeless people during the coming winter.