Rita Mistry has been supporting the Foundation for many years and embarked upon an incredible personal challenge by running in the LONDON MARATHON!! in aid of the Foundation.
I’ve never been a runner, but a combination of hitting my 40s, a fulfilling passion for food and drink and an allergy to gyms made me pick this up as something I could have a go at. Having done no regular exercise since leaving school, it took a long time just to be able to run a full mile.
I’ve decided, before my knees give in (as so many people have told me they will) to have a go at the big one. Just to see if I can. I’m not the quickest of runners which makes it even harder I think, as I’ll be on my feet for a lot longer than the whippets. But like the proverbial Tortoise, I hope to just keep going until I cross that finishing line.”
I’m delighted to say that I crossed the finishing line…after 5 hours and 37 minutes of running and quite a lot of walking. At the time it was not a done deal as it was the hardest thing I’ve ever attempted. But the cheering crowds and my sisters, brothers, niece, nephews and cousins shouting my name out and willing me on and squeezing through 750,000 spectators to see me several times on the route kept me going. We were also looked after wonderfully by our cousins in London who put us up and fed us right royally. It was an amazing and sometimes painful but unforgettable experience.
Thank you to everyone who donated …..as together we raised over £4,000!