“Enjoy the journey” – a runner’s London Marathon story

Running London caught up with Heidi Rayward to here about her 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon experience.

My marathon journey

“The best part of the marathon journey for me was the people I met along the way; the people I met while training, whilst out fundraising and even on the day.”

There is a magic about the marathon that brings strangers together. I am still in touch with people I met on the train in, while running the course and even a marshal I met at the end.

“The hardest part was running on the days it was cold, wet and my mind didn’t want to run but as soon as I had done it and was back home in a hot shower, the pride I felt was incredible.”

Running for Tommy’s

“Running for Tommy’s really helped me to focus. Talking to people about my cause and my journey to the marathon made it more real. I felt more accountable; it wasn’t just me I was running for but my son James, all the other angel babies I heard of on my fundraising journey and, of course, for my charity Tommy’s.”

“I knew I was making a bigger difference than just running. I was helping Tommy’s save babies’ lives and, on the day of the marathon when the blisters kicked in and the pain was immense, it was that which kept me putting one foot in front of the other.”

Support along the way

“I received a lot of support from Tommy’s both in the lead up to the marathon with fundraising tips and items to help with the promotion of my fundraising events, and on the day itself with their incredible cheer squads who gave out hugs and cheered us on through the miles.”

Trust me, those cheerleaders were a godsend and I am incredibly thankful for their support.

“I would say to anyone who is taking part in the marathon that they should enjoy the journey. Not every training session will be a good one but it will help you both mentally and physically on the day. The feeling you get crossing the finish line will make every cold, wet run worth it!”

Although not able to run the Virgin Money London Marathon this year, Heidi is now involved with the brilliant charity – Remember My Baby.

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