Laura completes here marathon effort

Laura Tovey
Laura Tovey
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Determined Laura Tovey wasn’t going to let an injury ruin her hopes of finishing her first marathon.

The teacher at Heathfield Special School, in Fareham, decided to run the Brighton Marathon in memory of a pupil last year.

And despite getting a hip injury after 19 miles, Laura carried on and finished the marathon in five hours, 26 minutes and 39 seconds.

She was raising money for the E1 Ward at Southampton General Hospital and has so far raised more than £2,000.

Laura, 27, says: ‘The marathon went really well until the 19 mile mark.

‘My hip gave out and then my knee did so I had to walk for five miles then I half jogged, half walked the last two.

‘There was a lot of support with two miles to go which encouraged me to start jogging again.

‘The crowd can see your name on your shirt so everyone cheers you and shouts your name which is great.

‘It really helps a lot.’

The 26-mile race was the first Laura had done.

She had competed in the Great South Run and completed a half-marathon but the Brighton Marathon was her first.

She adds: ‘A marathon is a whole different ball game.

‘You don’t know how your body is going to react and there were little things that I had never accounted for like going to the toilet.

‘There are loos along the way but you have to add that onto your time so things like that I hadn’t even considered.’

Laura has been surprised by how generous people have been, and says she never expected to raise that much.

‘I was aiming for £1,000 so to double that is amazing.

‘I just kept thinking of Olivia while running and I am so thankful to everyone who donated.

‘I had a lot of support which is really great.’