A keen runner who struggled through last year’s London Marathon despite doctor’s advice is once again putting on her trainers and preparing to tackle this year’s marathon dressed as children’s book character Wally. Trudy Kent of Claydon will be running the 26.2-mile marathon in aid of national disability charity United Response.

Trudy found out just days before her marathon attempt last year she had tonsillitis. However, despite orders from her doctor to stay in bed, Miss Kent still went ahead and ran in the marathon.

Trudy said: “Last year was a big disappointment for me. I was training for months and months, but once I found out I had tonsillitis I knew I wasn’t going to be able to achieve my aim. Despite the huge set back I was determined to run and dragged myself to the starting line. It turned out to be my most exhausting run ever, and I ended up walking most of the course. But although I completed the distance, I was very disappointed with my time.

However, this year I am going to smash my previous time and finish the marathon on a high. I have been training hard and can’t wait to get to the starting line on April 21.” 

Trudy, 33, hopes to complete the marathon in around 5 hours and expects to raise £1,500 for United Response, which supports people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and physical disabilities across England and Wales.

Trudy added: “I am really excited about running for United Response as over many years I have witnessed the fantastic work it does. And I’m sure the embarrassment of running as Wally will be well worth it at the end when I see the money I raise being put to good use.”

Trudy will be cheered on by her many friends and family on the day, including her partner Aidey, who added: “We all know how disappointed Trudy was last year, but this year is going be different. We will be out in force on the day cheering her on and I’m sure she’s going to cross the finish line with a huge smile.”


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