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London Marathon 2018: Saint Francis Hospice worker from Hornchurch runs 26-mile race on her 60th birthday

PUBLISHED: 10:30 22 April 2018

Sue Spong, a family services advisor at Saint Francis Hospice, is running the marathon for the charity. Photo: SFH

Sue Spong, a family services advisor at Saint Francis Hospice, is running the marathon for the charity. Photo: SFH

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Sue Spong is one of Saint Francis Hospice’s Family Support Services and is marking her 60th birthday by running her 17th London marathon.

The Hornchurch resident completed her first marathon in 1985 and has since completed 25 long-distance races, including those in Loch Ness and Dublin.

“The London marathon is very special, especially being a Londoner. I’d like to think I can give something back by raising awareness for the hospice, more than fundraising excessively.

“I love running so I don’t think of it as a chore, it’s my passion. I don’t start from scratch because I’m very active, I just increase my running and keep an eye on what I’m eating and drinking.”

Her best time was three hours and 10 minutes back in 2005.

She said: “I’m not going for a personal best this time, so for me it’s all about having a good run, being fit enough, and being able to wave at people without it being a blur.”

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