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GUTSY grandmother Nina Barrett is determined to do the London Marathon again after her first outing was plagued by injury.

The 54-year-old grandmother-of-five sprained her ankle after losing her footing on a discarded water bottle.

It meant the last eight miles were agony for Mrs Barrett, a book-keeper of Hazleton Way, Horndean, who had never run at any level until two years ago.

As reported in The News, she was running alongside her personal trainer, Darin Melville, 42, who was wearing a Superman costume.

Mr Melville had to summon all his motivational powers to help Mrs Barrett to the finish line.

But she gritted her teeth and finished the marathon in five hours and three minutes.

Within 20 seconds, Mrs Barrett said she had to do it again next year. Mr Melville, who is a fitness instructor at Roko gym in Copnor, said: ‘She was injured after 18 miles and she did the last eight miles in some discomfort.

‘We just had to stop and start.

‘The adrenaline was still pumping and she was obviously quite gutsy.

‘It was really unlucky after months and months of training just because of a discarded bottle.

‘But after 20 seconds of crossing the line, she said “we are going to have to do it again”.

‘Her biggest challenge now is getting back into it.’

The pair hope to have raised a total of £4,500 for Alzheimer’s charity BRACE.

There is still time to donate by visiting or donate at Roko gym.