Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s 20-strong team of runners took on the world-famous route around London on Sunday April 23, raising enough between them to fund a Hospice at Home nurse for a whole year.
Paul Sutton, from Harpenden, ran in memory of his wife, Antonella: “It was an incredible, emotion-filled day,” he said, “especially as the day afterwards (April 24) marked four years since Antonella died.”
Paul’s marathon didn't quite go according to plan: an old injury to his right calf flared up at 12 miles. “I knew it would be impossible to walk from that point so I carried on running, albeit in considerable pain. By mile 21 my leg had clearly had enough and it started to cramp badly so I ended up having to walk for three miles. I was damned though if I was going to walk down the Mall at the finish and so I ‘ran’ the last two miles and was awarded my finisher’s medal.
“Given everything that had happened it mattered hugely to get to the finish line, not only to vindicate everyone who sponsored me but also because in running the marathon in memory of Antonella and for Rennie Grove Hospice Care there was no way I wasn't going to see it through to the end! It was such an amazing day.”
Jenny Provin, Chief Executive of Rennie Grove, said: “Paul and the whole team have done a brilliant job with their training and their fundraising. Their achievements will make such a difference to families affected by cancer and other life-limiting illness. Thanks to them even more patients will have the choice to be cared for in their own home, surrounded by their families.”
Paul’s next challenge for Rennie Grove will be the Prudential Ride London, cycling 100 miles between London and Surrey at the end of July. After that he will line up with hundreds of other runners at the charity’s Herts 10K on Sunday October 8. If you’ve been inspired, join Paul and register now at www.herts10k.com