Wheelchair user Nicole Evans to WALK London marathon over four days!

A young wheelchair user from Harold Hill has vowed to complete this summer’s London marathon - by WALKING it in four days!

Six weeks ago 25-year-old Nicole Evans - who has cerebral palsy - was only able to struggle two miles a week by foot, but after intense training she can now complete eight miles in a single day.

Nicole, from Hitchin Close, developed the muscle disease when she was born and has relied on a wheelchair to get around ever since.

She said: “It seemed an impossible task at the start but I really wanted to complete the marathon, so Andrew, my personal trainer, put together a training program, now I’m walking eight miles in a single day.

“I spend 12 hours going out walking with Andrew and training for the long distances. I have to keep up with the times and to make sure I progress I go to the gym.”

Nicole hopes to complete April’s titan challenge in four days, resting at home overnight.

Despite her disability, Nicole has always been determined to excel in sport.

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At just 18, she had completed three wheelchair mini London marathons.

She has also coached for Havering Sports Development, a council initiative to encourage more people to partake in sports, and completed a degree with honours in sports studies.

Nicole hopes to raise �1,500 for the charity Interactive, which supports equality in sports and influences those who govern sport to view disabled people as equals.

Shelly Evans, Nicole’s mum, said: “It’s amazing how she has progressed - Andrew has done an incredible job. It goes to show disability doesn’t have to hold you back.”

To sponsor Nicole, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/walk_beyond.

You can also find more information about the work Interactive does at www.interactive.uk.net.