Carolyn’s marathon challenge

Honiton fund-raiser, Carolyn Asher, misses out on her five hour target at the London Marathon, but remains determined to keep on running.

IT was a disappointing result for a Honiton fund-raiser when she missed out on her five hour target during her sixth London Marathon.

Carolyn Asher, of Meadows Crescent, ran the 26.2 mile race last month in a time of six hours 18 minutes, which, she admits, was her slowest time ever.

The race proved a real challenge for Carolyn, who has completed 12 marathons, as she was suffering with the after effects of a chest infection and struggled with the hot conditions on the day.

Despite the setback, she remains determined to complete her five hour marathon challenge, but, instead, plans to complete 15 marathons by the time she is 55.

“I am going to try it again,” she said.

During the race, Carolyn joined forces with a fellow runner, which she says gave her a boost to carry on.

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“I honestly don’t think I would have got around without Amy – we were encouraging each other all the way,” added Carolyn.

However, she ended up crossing the finish line three times as she helped her fellow runner to cross over the line after she had suffered a problem with her calves.

“It was a good experience - it is 80 per cent mental and 20 per cent physical. When I teamed up with Amy, the race improved greatly for both of us,” Carolyn said.

It proved to be a tough race for even the most hardened of marathon runners.

“I have never known so many people to walk so early on in the race because everybody was feeling the heat,” she added.

Carolyn has currently raised more than �500 for Get Kidz Going as part of her �2000 target with more donations still coming in.

She is still waiting to resolve the problems she has encountered with Job Centre Plus after her benefits were withdrawn when she returned from running the New York Marathon last November.