A Warwickshire woman has raised over £1,000 for a charity close to her heart after completing her ‘bucket list’ challenge of running the London marathon.
Stacy Ullah, who lives in Wolston and works in Leamington Spa, tackled the iconic event on Sunday (October 2nd) to raise money for national charity Children with Cancer UK, which raises money for specialist childhood cancer research.
The charity is particularly close to the 40-year-old’s heart after her own nephew was diagnosed with brain tumours at the age of 10. Now 24, he has beaten the disease but has been left with life-long health conditions.
Stacy, who trained for 20 weeks for the event – which was her first marathon – completed it in 5hrs and 45 minutes and said it was an amazing experience.
Her initial aim was to raise £250 for Children with Cancer UK but she has already raised more than £1,000 and there is still time to sponsor her.
The 40-year-old, who is a member of Earlsdon Running Club, said: “It really was an amazing experience. Running a marathon had been on my bucket list for 20 years so to finally complete the London Marathon was a brilliant feeling. The atmosphere all around the route was fantastic and to know I was raising money for a cause so close to my heart kept me going even during the really tough parts.”
Stacy admitted she cried as she crossed the finishing line, before meeting her family and friends and heading home to tuck into a homemade burger fromLeamington-based Libertine Burger’s DIY kit that she had ordered specially for the occasion.
She added: “I’m so grateful to everyone who has sponsored me, I can’t believe we’ve raised over £1,000 – hopefully it will help make a difference.”
You can still sponsor Stacy by visiting https://justgiving.com/fundraising/stacy-ullah1