Keen runner Helen Duffy was determined to run the London Marathon.
The 45-year-old only took up running two years ago after getting inspiration from her teenage daughter, who ran the Race for Life in 2012.
Wanting to join her daughter for the 2013 race, she joined the gym and started training hard.
The following year, she successfully ran the Race for Life and set her eyes on the London Marathon.
Helen, from Fareham, says: ‘Before I had even signed up for the Race for Life I was thinking about the London Marathon.
‘So I went into the ballot to run it but was unfortunately unsuccessful.’
Determined to run in the 26-mile race in the capital, Helen kept training and ran the Great South Run for the first time in 2013.
She then completed her first marathon in Manchester in November last year.
‘I really wanted to do one so I just signed up for the Manchester one,’ she adds.
‘It was good but it just wasn’t the London Marathon.’
With the next race just months away, Helen decided to try to enter by ballot again.
Before the decision was made, she heard about a Fareham-based charity through a friend which has people run in the marathon to raise funds.
The more she heard about Kids, which works with disabled children and their families, the more Helen wanted to run for the charity.She says: ‘It’s a great charity which does a lot of work in the area. I filled out an application and was chosen to run for it.’
With just 11 weeks to go until the race Helen is working hard to raise the £1,600 needed for the charity. Thanks to sponsorships and a Christmas raffle, she is at around £1,000 with a cake sale and Easter raffle planned to boost donations.
Helen adds: ‘Loads of people have been really generous with their donations and I am almost there.
‘I am just really excited for the race now. I cannot wait to be there with thousands of other runners and spectators to take part in it. It’s going to be great.’
To make a donation to Helen visit justgiving.com/H-Duffy. For more information on Kids visit kids.org.uk.