Andover’s Enham Trust celebrates the achievements of and congratulates a trio of sporting women who last weekend successfully completed the 40th Virgin Money Virtual London Marathon.
The trio raised a cumulative £2,328 for Enham Trust to assist disabled people to live, work and enjoy life.
The world’s greatest marathon in its 40th year, came to Andover as local resident Carey Ballard ran her third consecutive London Marathon in aid of the Trust. She crossed the finish line on her 26.2 mile route around Andover at Charlton Lakes in a very respectable 4h 24mins. She prepared for the challenge by training for the preceding ten months.
Of her challenge and achievement, Carey said:
Running the London virtual Marathon was an unexpectedly amazing experience. I loved every minute, well maybe not the last few minutes. I ran around the villages then into Andover. I had loads of support from people beeping and cheering me as they drove past. What made it so special this year was my husband was able to join me for the whole 26.2 miles (on his bike), normally he’s jumping on and off the tubes in London just to catch a glimpse of me. He made a massive difference in the last 3 miles. It was tough, but he kept me running knowing I had a time I wanted to achieve, and I did, 4 hours 24 minutes. I didn’t quite finish at my house, so he had to almost carry me home.
Demonstrating the reach of the Trust nationally, two further runners also benefitted the charity. Alena Hart who ran in Suffolk in 5h 48 mins and Marcelle Baston-Warner who surrounded herself with nature and ran along the Stratford on Avon Canal in 7h 12m.
Chloe Plummer, Fundraising Assistant for Enham Trust said:
We are thrilled to celebrate the success of our trio of marathon runners in 2020. Despite the challenges this year their perseverance and dedication in support of the disabled people Enham assists is inspiring and greatly appreciated.
There’s still time to support the epic achievements of the Enham Trust runners by visiting their sponsorship pages at the UK VirginMoneyGiving.com website.
To find out more about what’s happening at Enham Trust or make a donation, head to their website (www.enhamtrust.org.uk) or follow them on social media.