Emily takes on London for Headway!
Emily, who is originally from Butterleigh near Tiverton and works as a solicitor, began running when she left school. She is a member of the Tiverton Harriers and has competed in several mid-distance road and cross country races, but this will be her first marathon.
Emily tells us, “I had watched the London Marathon as a spectator in 2013 and experienced the amazing atmosphere first-hand – it made me want to jump the barriers and join in! So I was really keen to secure a place.”
But her love of running and enthusiasm for this world-famous event isn’t Emily’s only reason for wanting to take on this challenge: “I have been a big admirer and advocate of Headway’s work since my sister was injured in a cycling accident four years ago; she and the rest of my family were hugely supported by Headway. The run is even more significant for me since my sister is a very talented and successful runner, but hasn’t yet returned to running in full form. At the moment, she is having treatment for an injury that means she can’t run at all for the time being, so the baton falls (temporarily) to me!”
The London Marathon, which is taking place in one month’s time, is one of the world’s most famous and most gruelling road races and Emily is training hard: “I’m now at harder stages of my training but inspiration from Headway, my sister, my Dad who coaches me, and the support of contributors to my fundraising so far will keep spurring me on.”
Holly Keatings, Fundraising Manager at Headway Devon, says “We are delighted that Emily will be representing Headway Devon in the London Marathon and are very grateful her for taking on this huge challenge. Brain injury affects over 1 million people each year, but despite this there is very little public awareness surrounding brain injury and the disabilities it can cause. By taking part in this important national event Emily will help to boost awareness of the difficulties that people can face and the support that Headway is able to offer. Emily is obviously a seasoned runner, but this will still be an enormous challenge and we will be wishing her all the very best on the day.”
If you would like to sponsor Emily and help her to raise even more money for Headway Devon, you can visit her Virgin Money Giving page here.