Year 10 student Lucy Fairhurst has completed a marathon to raise money for Cancer Research UK, walking through the night in London and has so far raised more than £230 for Cancer Research UK.
She and other family members took part in the 26-mile Shine overnight walk that wound around London landmarks including St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and The Shard and Lucy finished the route in just over 11 hours.
She said: ‘We started at half past nine in the evening and although it was very tiring by the end of it I really enjoyed it and I was really proud of myself and my family. Seven of us took part in total, including my nan and we wanted to raise money as my great aunt died of cancer. We signed up in about July and had a training plan, but it was quite difficult to find the time to get the miles in, so the farthest we walked in training was 15 miles.
‘There were a few points on the walk where I thought I wasn’t going to get to finish it but I just pushed through. I was wearing a lot of layers and we took jelly babies plus nuts and energy bars to keep us going. After we finished we got the train home, I had some lunch and then I slept through until Monday morning! I would definitely do it again. A few years ago I did a three mile Race for Life for Cancer Research but this one was much more intense. So far I have raised over £180 through my Justgiving page and another £50 from individual sponsors in school.’