When Frances told us of her decision to enter the New York marathon there were raised eyebrows and more than a little concern. Although she had made excellent progress over several months of personal training, losing weight and toning up, we still felt that she still needed to be lighter and fitter; we were wary that at this stage a race of this distance was not only impossible but would be damaging to her long term health. Despite our concerns she was insistent and so we began a specially designed beginners marathon programme. Having completed some middle distance runs coupled with focused strength training and flexibility work both her confidence and ability began to improve.
With lots of encouragement from her trainer and support from friends and family (who traveled with her to New York) Francy not only finished but received the inaugural “I stuck it out” award, appropriately sponsored by Duck tape. As the last person to finish before the official time cut off of 8:30 she received a fabulous medal, a sash, several pairs of free trainers, a year’s supply of duct tape and several features in the New York press. She was one of only 7 finishers to recieve a medal and is proof that anything is possible with determination, focused training and some professional expertise.