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SMASHED IT: Abbots Langley residents take part in London Marathon

 Published on: 23rd April 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

Three Abbots Langley residents were some of the 50,000 runners to take on the London Marathon.

Bryony Walsh fell in love with running after she began attending park runs and lost seven stone in the process. She finished the London Marathon in four hours and eight minutes, and raised “2,266 for the British Red Cross.

Speaking to ABBOTSnews, she said that while she was “dying today”, she was “very chuffed” with her time.

She said: “It was a crazy vibe – very loud and very busy, just bananas! I was aiming for four hours and while I started really well, at mile 18 my legs just went to jelly. I managed to shave off nine minutes from my Brighton time, so maybe next time I can do the same and hit four hours!”

Bryony raised £2,266 for the Red Cross and enjoyed a massage and shower complimentary of the charity after the race.

Physiotherapist Natalie Turner is something of a seasoned marathon runner having already run Manchester, Milton Keynes, Brighton and two London Marathons previously. Seven weeks prior to race day, Natalie sadly lost her mum, and considered pulling out. Speaking to ABBOTSnews, she said that not wanting to “let anyone down” kept her going.

She said: “I know she would have been really proud of me – she knew how much I loved running and used to come and support me. The marathon has given me a focus during a difficult time.”

Natalie finished in 5 hours, 10 minutes and, together with three others, two from St Albans and one, Jamie Parsons, also from Abbots, raised over 8,000 for Spinal Research.

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