Laura conquers London in her first marathon

MARATHON RUNNER -- Laura Woodfield
MARATHON RUNNER -- Laura Woodfield

THE PAIN of sore feet was replaced by a sense of achievement after a Hucknall woman completed the Virgin London Marathon in aid of charity.

LAURA WOODFIELD (23), of Stainsborough Road, signed up for the gruelling 26-mile race, even though she had no experience of marathon running.

It took her five hours and 39 minutes to complete the course.

But the ordeal looks as if it will be worthwhile. For she has already collected more than £1,200 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and is hoping to top the £2,000 mark.

Laura, who is the swimming co-ordinator at Hucknall Leisure Centre, chose the charity because a friend and colleague, Lyndsey Matthews (26), had life-saving open-heart surgery when she was younger.

She said: “It was a tough marathon. I hadn’t really done any running until I found out I had a place last October.

“Then, after Christmas, I had shin splints and couldn’t train for two months. But I am delighted to have completed the marathon.”

Laura, who is a former member of the Great Britain water polo team, continued her fundraising on Saturday April 23 at the Edgewood Leisure Centre on Christchurch Road in Hucknall.

A fun day jointly collected money in aid of the BHF and the Help For Heroes cause, which supports injured servicemen and women.