Just under a fortnight ago, Victoria Allison completed one of her biggest challenges to date – running the London marathon.
But it wasn’t just the gruelling 26.2 miles that formed part of her feat – the Learning Skills & Development Service manager from Wiltshire College & University Centre had vowed as part of her training to run a race every month for 14 months!
The hard work paid off and despite running non stop for five hours and 41 minutes, she even managed to sprint across the finishing line.
Victoria, who is based at the Lackham campus, said: “I have never been so nervous about anything by the time it got to race day, but it was an amazing experience and the crowds were so full of energy and loud; I think I smiled my way around!
“I also had family in London around the course for me to spot and my partner was lucky enough to also get a place so was also running so I had plenty of support.”
Victoria originally got a place in 2018 but a stress fracture meant that she had to defer her place until this year.
She first started running in 2009 after her daughter was born when a friend challenged her to train with her for a 10k race. It wasn’t until she started her marathon training however, that she became a consistent runner.
“Training for the marathon definitely had its up and downs”, she said.
“The worse was tripping and hitting my head and getting a black eye during one of my 20-mile runs, but with the support of family and friends I stuck to my goals. I also lost nearly two stone in the process.”
Another motivation for Victoria was raising funds for both Cancer Research UK and Freedom of Spirit Trust for Border Collies.
She said: “I have family battling cancer currently and have friends that have lost loved ones.
“I also have two collies and they make the best training partners. One of mine came from the charity and I volunteer for them in my spare time.”
As a touching gesture Victoria had the names of all her supporters loved ones on the back of her running top so that they were also part of the experience.
So far Victoria has raised £1553.70. If you would like to make a donation then visit her fundraising page - http://bit.ly/2JuzRI1.
Asked if she would do it again, Victoria added: “It was hard work with plenty of wobbles but I would do
it again and might as I’ve entered the 2020 ballot and am also considering running the New York marathon in October 2020, as it will be near my 40th birthday.”