Defying injury to run London marathon

victoria harmer who is training to run the london marathon for the first time
victoria harmer who is training to run the london marathon for the first time

She has become a familiar sight as she determinedly pounds the streets of Bexhill getting ready to run in the London marathon.

Victoria Harmer, who lives in Ninfield Road near Lunsford Cross, has been eating up the miles as she trains for this first-ever full marathon.

I am planning to get round - it is daunting but exciting

She began training with her son, fitness instructor Chris Haines who runs Commando Fitness in Bexhill, and was happily following his tough regime and motivational advice.

Victoria was making great progress but unfortunately fell down some stairs in January and sprained her ankle.

Her GP took one look at the injury and assured her there would be “no way” she would be running the London marathon.

However Victoria had other ideas: “I thought - I am. When you are running for charity you cannot let people down. You can’t just say - I can’t do it, and give the sponsor money back when people have been donating.”

She got back into her trainers and has been working towards the event ever since - not expecting to clock up a fast time but just happy to finish the event.

“I am planning to get round - it is daunting but exciting,” she said.

She took part in the Hastings half-marathon recently and for good measure after the finish she ran back home, achieving a training run of 19 miles altogether and succedding in her aim to keep those fitness levels up.

Victoria is running for Phabkids, which is a charity helping disabled and able bodied children and funds breaks away for them, prefering to support this smaller organisation than one of the larger national charities.

“I felt all the big charities are so well represented and I thought I would like to support one of the smaller ones. I work at Bexhill High so it made sense to do something for children, so that was it really. Phabkids is absolutely lovely. My aim is to raise £2,000 and I am currently at £1,387.00 on my Virgingiving page.”

This has been raised from donations plus a charity quiz night with raffle and a Christmas Fair. I also have a sponsorship forms available.

This Saturday, weather permitting, I am holding a charity garage sale at Greenacres, TN39 5JJ, with lots of bargains and a wide range of items which have been donated. I would love readers to support me by visiting Virgingiving.com/Victoriaharmer and making a donation or come along to the garage sale and grab a bargain.”