Beating her fundraising total and running time target, Helen Duffy was full of smiles after completing her first marathon.
The 45-year-old ran in the London Marathon and managed to complete the 26-mile race in four hours, 53 minutes and 13 seconds.
Helen had wanted to run a marathon for a couple of years and was finally able to cross the finish line with thousands of others on April 26.
She says: ‘The marathon was really great.
‘It went better than what I expected and I managed to complete it in under my five-hour target.
‘I think I could have gone a little bit quicker, but the sheer number of runners meant I had to be careful.
‘But it was a great day and the atmosphere was fantastic.
‘Along the whole way people would cheer, which was really good.’
She adds: ‘Luckily the weather held out which made it a lot more enjoyable.’
Helen, from Fareham, was able to get her spot thanks to the charity Kids which had runners raising money for them.
The Fareham-based charity works with disabled children and their families.
Helen was asked to raise £1,600 for the charity. But thanks to fundraisers and sponsorship for running the race, she managed to raise £2,435.
She says: ‘It was exciting when I reached the target and then the total just kept going up.
‘It was really good running for the charity and it was a nice way to get a place in my first London Marathon.
‘I definitely want to run another one.’