After a bit of a hiatus, the ELVis blog is back! So stay tuned for more weekly updates about what Team ELVis has been getting up to, as well as interesting and useful news and information relating to the VI world.
For our first post, we’d like to celebrate a fantastic achievement that ELVis supporter Louise Fairhurst undertook recently: completing the Virgin Money London Marathon. Below is an account of how well she did and what the rest of us got up to on the day when we went to support her:
On Sunday 23rd April, a group of ELVis members and staff were up bright and early to ensure that we got a good spot at one of the biggest events our capital has to offer: the Virgin Money London Marathon. Our runner was to be Louise Fairhurst, whose longest competitive run up to that point had been 10K, but who had been training hard for several months to give herself the best chance of taking this challenge on. She’d previously told us “It has been my ambition to run the London Marathon for several years, but I was planning on only running once I was determined to find the right charity to support. When the opportunity came up to represent East London Vision – I just couldn’t say no.”
With a good spot on Tower Bridge, the group of supporters settled in and got ready to cheer! Seeing several vision impaired runners in the para-athlete part of the race was an uplifting sight, and gave our vocal chords a good warm up ready for when the masses started to run past. The atmosphere of the Marathon is incredible, with everyone cheering on and encouraging strangers who they’ll never meet, there’s a fantastic sense of camaraderie and support. We kept a lookout for Louise amongst all of the Spidermans, Vikings and fairies running past us, aided by the app we’d downloaded on our phones which tracked her progress, so we knew when she was likely to arrive. At about midday we say her running past, and let out massive cheers and whoops to encourage her through the second half of the race.
Shortly afterwards we made our own way to the finish line (via the much easier and slightly quicker London Underground), where we met Louise once she had finished the race. She had not only managed to complete her first ever Marathon, but had done so in a time of 4 hours and 11 minutes, an amazing achievement. And not only that, but she didn’t even look tired! We all congratulated her on her fantastic achievement and admired the medal that she’d deservedly been given.
Many thanks to everyone who joined us to watch the race, and to those keeping track of Louise at home via our Twitter page and the app. And of course, a HUGE thank you to Louise herself- we’re so grateful for all of the time, effort and sweat you put into the training and into the race itself. We hope that you are extremely proud of your achievement!
There is still time to donate to Louise to show your appreciation for all of her hard work. Please go to her Virgin Money Giving page to do so: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=LouiseFairhurst.
Written by Nicola Stokes