“What an absolutely amazing experience!” declared Longridge mum of two Sue Berry after successfully completing the London Marathon.
Sue, 44, said: “I was obviously slightly nervous and excited about the day. I passed the start line 11 minutes after Tim Peake set the runners off and I had a good, steady run, keeping an even pace throughout.
“The atmosphere of the London crowds was electric, people shouting words of encouragement at you and I saw so many fantastic sights whilst running through the streets.”
The London Marathon was also Sue’s first marathon and she finished the 26.2 mile route in 5hrs 35 mins, just five minutes over her expected time, cheered on by daughter Jess and Jess’s boyfriend.
The Barnacre Road teaching assistant has also raised more than £1,100 in sponsorship for a cause close to her heart, The Alzheimer’s Society, saying she “couldn’t imagine running that distance without a purpose.”
She said: “Family, friends, colleagues and neighbours have been so generous with sponsorship money, people stopping me in the street to hand me money and I would like to thank everyone who has supported me, my sister Gail (Marle) who supported me throughout my training and Darren and Angie at Longridge Community Gym.
Sue and Gail have previously raised £1,900 for The Alzheimer’s Society, running the Great North Run.