Xena’s delight at completing London Marathon

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A Killingworth woman is closing in on her fundraising target after completing her biggest challenge so far.

Xena Marshall pounded the streets of London on Sunday along with 39,000 other people in the 35th London Marathon.

I’m tired but very happy and proud of how much money I have raised with the support of all my family, friends and colleagues

Xena Marshall

And she has raised more than £2,300 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), after a friend’s 18-year-old son died from an undiagnosed heart condition two years ago.

Xena, a Slimming World consultant and team manager at Sage, said: “I wanted a challenge for my 40th birthday, and to raise money for a fab cause too.

“I have to admit, it was a lot harder than I anticipated, and an old injury flared up at 18 miles which resulted in more power walking than running in the last part of the event.

“I finished hand-in-hand with another runner from CRY in 6 hours and 16 minutes.”

“I’m tired but very happy and proud of how much money I have raised with the support of all my family, friends and colleagues.”

Xena said: “CRY really supported my friend when she needed them, so I wanted to give something back and run in memory of Harry.

“The whole weekend was an amazing experience. From the Expo where you collect your number on the Saturday, sightseeing while the whole of London was buzzing, to getting the train to the start.

“The nerves kicked in a little then, but as soon as the start sound went, the atmosphere was amazing and I had to remember that I’ve trained for this.”

For more information about CRY visit www.c-r-y.org.uk