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Fitness fan's marathon effort in memory of nan

It takes great determination to run a marathon and raising awareness and funds for the hospice that cared for her beloved Nan has given Charlotte Elliott the motivation she needs to put her endurance to the test.  
Charlotte Elliott (cropped)

Charlotte, 26, from Purfleet, likes to keep fit and has previously taken part in a couple of 5k and 10k runs so when she joins thousands of runners on the start line at the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, 22nd April, she'll be taking on the biggest challenge of her life so far! 

"I have wanted to run the London Marathon for a few years but I never felt I had a good enough reason to do it," said Charlotte.  

"I wanted to run for something close to our family and also to support a small charity where the money really matters and I didn't just feel like a number.  Charlotte Elliott

"My Nan Pauline Elliott only spent three days at Saint Francis Hospice but she was so comfortable and peaceful.   

"It was a really upsetting time for our family and the staff were amazingly supportive. 

"I remember being in a private family room with my Nan and she absolutely loved the fact the double doors opened out on to the garden as she had been such a keen gardener.  

"We were able to bring in flowers and do all the little things that made such a difference to her." 

Pauline died in August 2015 and Charlotte, who successfully applied for one of the charity's Gold Bond places, feels the time is right to "give something back" for the care and support her Nan and family received.  

And with training well under way, she feels a mixture of emotions as she counts down to the iconic race. 

"I am excited and a bit of fear is starting to creep in as it is becoming more real the closer it gets to the day but I'm also very proud of myself for taking on the challenge," Charlotte added. 

"I will be running the Brentwood Half Marathon on Sunday, March 18th as part of my training and I have great support from my family and friends who will be there for me all the way." 

If you've missed out on the Virgin London Marathon, why not click here to book one of our exclusive Brentwood Half Marathon places and join #TeamSFH or call our events team on 01708 771 427.