Pizza topped off nan's terrific London Marathon
5:02pm Thursday 17th April 2014 in By Andy Baber, Senior reporter for Trowbridge
Warminster grandmother Kathy Watson recovered from the London Marathon on Sunday by bingeing on fizz and pizza, after achieving her goal of running it in under five hours.
Mrs Watson, 49, who lives in Wylye and has two children and two grandchildren, was running her first marathon in aid of Prostate Cancer UK as a tribute to her father, who died three years ago, aged 75, after battling the disease.
She said she only started running properly recently and thought the London Marathon would be a perfect challenge before turning 50 in June.
She completed the 26.2-mile course in 4hr 4mins and said that she has now raised £3,700 for Prostate Cancer UK.
Mrs Watson, who works for Mark Allen Group publishing, said: “It was an amazing experience and one I will really cherish.
“I really enjoyed the race and I was delighted to do it in under five hours.
“I didn’t hit the wall and I managed to have a strong finish. The crowds lining the route were incredible and I was soaking up the wonderful atmosphere as I went around. My recovery consisted of fizz and pizza.”
Trowbridge man Chris Brooking ran in memory of his friend Tom Fairfield, completing the race in 4hrs 23mins.
The 33-year-old has raised almost £1,000 for Dorothy House Hospice Care, which cared for Mr Fairfield, who died aged 32 of a brain tumour in November 2012.
Mr Brooking, who works for Pritchards Estate Agents, in Bath, said: “I made it over the line, which was my main aim, and I also did it in under five hours, which was great.
“The atmosphere helped a lot as it makes you want to keep going all the way.
“It was a shame I couldn’t run it with Tom, but it’s great to raise money for such a great cause.”
Garage co-owner Steve Cade also ran the marathon for the first time to raise funds for the Rainbow Trust to say thanks for the support it has given to 14-year-old Emily White, a cousin of his wife Emma.
The teenager from Melksham has neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation, and the trust runs days out for her and advises the family on her condition.
Mr Cade, 35, who runs DMC Auto Engineers in Trowbridge with Steve Milsom, completed the race in 5hrs 20mins, despite injuring his knee just over the 14-mile mark.
He said: “It was tough as my knee gave up just after 14 miles, but the atmosphere was great and because it was for charity I carried on and reached the end.”