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We are so proud to announce that Finance Team Leader, Lucy Jolley, took on the London Marathon on Sunday and won, raising almost £2500 in the process!



Lucy said that is was just as tough as she imagined it would be, although the atmosphere was electric and she was on a huge adrenaline high. She'd already done 10,000 steps by the time she'd got the the start line (that's around 5 miles!). Lucy said she found miles 15-19 the hardest, but she was given a boost when she caught a glimpse of her family cheering her on at mile 19 - they chased her route via the Tube and managed to get to the front of the crowds at three points of the race. I found it hard to believe that Lucy didn't listen to music during the race - it's the only thing that gets me through my (very tame in comparison gym sessions)! She said that the crowds are constantly cheering you on by name and that there are live bands and music blaring from cars and people's houses so you'd struggle to hear through headphones anyway! 

      

Lucy covered around 35 miles before she hit the hay on Sunday according to her Fitbit stats (shown above) and with over 40,000 competitors running, she came in 26,044th place with a time of 4hr 43min - a valiant effort from a certified non-runner (taken from the official Virgin Money London Marathon Results - screenshot of the app shown below).




It was the 39th London Marathon, which takes a route past many of the capital's famous landmarks. Sir Andy Murray launched the race at 10.10am and the Duke of Sussex presented the prizes to winners, including Eilud Kipchoge (2 hours 2 mins 38 secs) and Brigid Kosgei (2 hours 18 mins 20 secs) who were first place in the male and female elite races.

Once again, well done to Lucy for going from couch to marathon in such a small timeframe. Her Justgiving page is still open, for anyone who still wants to sponsor her. 




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