Grantham runner Julie ‘so happy’ to finish London Marathon in aid of CLIC Sargent

Julie Gilbert with her London Marathon medal.
Julie Gilbert with her London Marathon medal.
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London Marathon runner Julie Gilbert is close to raising her target of £4,000 for the CLIC Sargent charity after completing the course.

Julie, of Gonerby Hill Foot, finished in a time of five hours and 39 minutes. She is raising the money in memory of Adam Parker, the eight-year-old son of a friend, who was diagnosed with lymphoma and died in October.

Julie said: “Although this was outside the time I was aiming for, I’m so happy to have done it. I really struggled after 20 miles and that final 6.2 miles took me such a long time. I buddied up with someone else running for CLIC Sargent and we helped each other get through to the end.

“The feeling crossing that finishing line was amazing and the support from the crowd was overwhelming. I was asked if I would do it again. My reply on Sunday was ‘no’, on Monday it was ‘never say never’ and by today it has become a ‘yes’.”

Julie added: “The best thing is that I have so far raised a fantastic £3,414 for CLIC Sargent and still have donations coming in and £500 to come from my employers, Halifax Bank, through their matched giving scheme. I should reach the £4,000 mark, which is incredible. I would like to thank everyone that has donated and supported me.”