The Road to the 2021 London Marathon - Emma's story

August 04 2021

Meet Emma, aunty to Osian, who will be donning her running vest and taking on the challenge of running the 2021 London Marathon in aid of us on Sunday 3rd October.

We caught up with her to find out more about why she has decided to take on the 26.2 mile challenge and why being able to run the course whilst representing Cerebral Palsy Cymru means the world to her. 

Could you tell our readers about your connection with Cerebral Palsy Cymru and your journey with us so far?

Cerebral Palsy Cymru has really helped my wonderful nephew Osian who was born with left-side hemiplegia. Some tasks are very difficult for Osian, but the incredible support we have received from you has helped him so much to become more independent in his mobility. We are the lucky ones. Your charity is very close to us as a family.

Why did you decide to take on the challenge of the London Marathon?

I started running just after I had my daughter 12 years ago. During this time, I have entered various races ranging from 5k to the half marathon. I always said I would never do a marathon! I lost my Dad last year and running has really helped to clear my mind as well as keep me focussed. I would always watch the London Marathon on TV but always said, nah not for me. I started running with a fantastic group, a few of them had done a marathon and they kind of made me believe I was capable? So, I put my name in the hat with my running club – Clwb Rhedeg Pontardawe running club (CRPRC).  Lo and behold, my name was picked out! Panic, nerves, excitement, dread! I couldn’t sleep that night I found out. But I am over the moon to have had the club place.

How does it feel to be a 2021 London Marathon Runner?

Amazing!! I am so excited for the big day.

How is the training going?! 

Really good, I am following the official London Marathon training plan which consists of 4 runs a week with a mixture of short and fast, slow and long. My husband and daughter are really supportive. My husband drops me off in places far from home, so I have to run home, a really good way of motivating myself for the longer runs. I have a good network of ‘running’ friends who I train with, so never short of company.

What will you be thinking about when you are on that starting line?

The finish line and a glass of bubbly! My dad will be on my mind at the start and throughout the race. Honestly, everything and anything goes through my mind when I run! It is brilliant thinking time. I will also be trying not to cry when I finish, I get very emotional after running long distances.

Anything else that you would like to say to our readers?

I know running isn’t for everyone and I am not a natural runner. I just enjoy it and it really does have so many health benefits; I would encourage anyone to run. Be your best!

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