London Marathon 2017: Hornchurch nurse battles through pain for children’s hospice

PUBLISHED: 17:32 25 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:35 25 April 2017

Kirsty Blair

Kirsty Blair


A nurse who had never before competed in a race let alone a marathon has raised more than £2,100 for Richard House Children’s Hospice.

Kirsty Blair, from Hornchurch, decided to compete in the race after being inspired by children and families at the hospice, in Beckton, where she works as a charge nurse.

“Through my work I constantly meet inspiring children and families, and so I jumped at the chance to raise money to ensure that they continue to get the care and support that they need,” said Kirsty.

“I was feeling great for the first 20 miles. But the 21 mile mark I heard a ‘pop’ and I knew I had done something to my foot.

“I carried on, walking and running to the finish line. I finished in 6.08 and with a torn ligament in my foot.

“I’d sign up for next year now if I could! Yes I was in a lot pain but that’s nothing compared to the amazing atmosphere, it’s hard to describe it.

“My highlight was running around a corner on to Tower Bridge and it seemed like everyone was chanting my name. That, and my colleagues and children from the hospice who were along the route, really kept me going.”

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