A LLANYBYDDER-BORN police officer raised £2,700 for cancer research by completing April’s London Marathon.
Llian Spinks, a neighbourhood police sergeant for the Metropolitan Police at Newbury, said completing the event was “one of the best things I have ever done”.
And the 40-year-old added that the memory of the father she lost to cancer had spurred her on during the race when the going became tough.
“When the Penny Farthing Appeal asked me to do the marathon I was worried about raising the £1,500 but in the end I raised £2,700," she said.
“I did this by having a Just Giving page which I updated with progress reports and kept posting on Facebook.
“I held a number of cake sales and dinner parties, a raffle and a ‘Guess My Time’ sweepstake where people bought a 30-second slot for £2 and the winner received a £50 prize.
“I also roped my mum in; she held a dinner party and a bric-a-brac sale. I also attended a Penny Farthing charity event where I asked for sponsorship from the crowd.
“The training was hard especially over the winter doing long runs by myself but it was all worth it and it’s great feeling fit as a result.
“I was nervous in the run-up to the race but as soon as I started I just enjoyed the atmosphere and the crowds. I found myself getting emotional a few times just thinking I am actually doing this. I thought about my dad who I lost to cancer and thought he would be proud of me and what I had achieved.
“The run itself went to plan and was far less painful than I had anticipated. I completed it in 4hrs 10 min and 53 seconds which I was pleased with for a first marathon.
“I have been on such a high since, that I now plan to do the New Forest Trail Marathon in September.”