Starlight Childrens Foundation

London Marathon 2014

I had such a brilliant day on Sunday running in my first ever marathon; the prestigious Virgin London Marathon.
I’ve completed many 5k’s, 10k’s, triathlons and half marathons over the last 10 years but have never had the opportunity to have a bash at a marathon. I’m so pleased that I took the training seriously as it definitely paid off on the day. I managed to run the whole 26.2 miles without stopping, which wasn’t easy with the unusually warm weather for April in the UK. My goal was to complete in under 5 hours and I actually managed it in 4:54:50 which I’m delighted with.


Val running for Starlight 13.4.14

The crowds were marvellous from start to finish, cheering and encouraging us especially when we were flagging. In an earlier post (Hydration, hydration, hydration!) I covered the importance of drinking sufficient fluid and in the heat this was even more important. As a nutritionist generally if I want something sweet I eat fruit, if I want something really sweet I eat pineapple, when running a marathon however it’s jelly babies, lots, and lots of jelly babies.

My charity is the Starlight Children’s Foundation who grant wishes for seriously and terminally ill children. I’ve raised nearly £800 so far and if you would like to support this great cause you can sponsor me via the following link:

The organisation of the event was second to none, with bottled water available almost every mile and sports drinks and gels available too. I enjoyed every minute and running the last few hundred metres passed Buckingham Palace to the finish was very special, made even more so with my sister, niece and Starlight supporters all cheering me on.

After the race I met up with all my lovely family at the Starlight ‘after marathon party’ and was treated to a massage which was a real bonus. The whole day was amazing, I felt a great sense of achievement having completed such a physical challenge, was thankful to all those who sponsored me, and I loved being part of such a special charity. The lovely emails, texts and Facebook messages I received really added something special to the occasion.

Over the next couple of weeks I’m going rest, and take some time out to relax and decide on my next big challenge!

You can find out more about how I managed my time in the run up to the London Marathon via the following link:,London-Marathon