Lauren and Sue's story: Part 2

April 2017: Sue and Lauren, from Snodland in Kent ran the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 for Brain Research UK.

“By committing to help the charity we’re motivating each other to get more active,” Lauren and Sue say. They walked the Shine Night Marathon across London (minus a night’s sleep) before starting the intensive 16-week marathon training programme in January 2017.

Both Lauren and Sue were committed to promote the work of Brain Research UK. And their hope to inspire women to achieve things they didn’t think were possible, drove them through the long training programme.

“We were never picked first for school sports teams. We’re not super fit. And we do often wonder how on earth we must look when we exercise. But it is when you’re not feeling at your fittest; when you’re feeling older; when you’ve put a bit of weight on, that you need all the confidence and bravery in the world to get up, get out there, and exercise.”

“You need to set yourself a goal,” Lauren added. “Find a supportive friend along the way to share the journey with and get to that start line no matter what it takes.”

And they did it! The 26.2 miles of the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 is complete.

“It was an amazing experience,” said Lauren, who is 40 in May. “The support from everyone along the course, including family, friends and complete strangers, was phenomenal. It really helps to keep you going.”

Sue said: “The sheer scale of this event, and all the emotions involved, is truly mind-blowing. It was a privilege to experience this once again, as well as helping a friend to achieve one of her lifetime ambitions and raise money for a wonderful cause along the way.”

Sue Pritchard - Running the London Marathon

Sue also added “The joys and emotions can be summed by this (photo above) - seeing supporters on the course, the realisation that you’re close to home and the accomplishment that I’ve helped a friend and worked hard to pay another fitting tribute to my dad by helping a great charity!!”

Lauren and Sue’s journey included some fantastic memories, including a video support of encouragement from Dame Kelly Holmes and local MP Tracey Crouch.

Inspired by Lauren and Sue's story? Find out how you could raise money for Brain Research UK by taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon or another challenge event. 

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