Posted on: May 5, 2013
Kate Cook, CEO of Bosence Farm Community near Hayle, was one of the many runners heading out of the Duchy for London to take part in the Virgin London Marathon on 21st April in order to raise money and awareness for Bosence Farm. Completing a marathon is always a challenge, but whilst many were hoping for a ‘personal best’ Kate’s time was much slower than she originally planned, as she broke her ankle on a training run only 7 weeks beforehand, and had to complete the gruelling 26 miles with the aid of a pair of bright pink crutches.
Kate chose not to defer her place on the starting line, having had to pull out of the London Marathon in 2012 after tearing a calf muscle a few weeks before the event.
She comments “I couldn’t pull out of the marathon again as you can only defer your entry once, before you lose your place, and I’d had to apply for 6 consecutive years to get in. It would have been such a blow to waste all the training I’ve put in over the last 2 years to end up back at square one.”
It took her just under 8 ½ hours to finish – but a number of friends and supporters made sure she did, walking with her for the last few miles. She finished with a few extra blisters and a few fewer toenails – but she gained a medal, some great memories and some very generous sponsorship donations.