Memory of her mother spurred Tui to finish line.

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THE last three miles of the London Marathon were the hardest, according to one participant. Tui Winstanley, 43, ran in aid of the Pink Ladies after losing her mother to breast cancer. She completed the 26.2-mile course in five hours two minutes.

‘It was a great experience in a good environment as well. The crowd was there to get me through. I couldn’t have done it without those people. I also had great support from my friends and people I work with.

‘I got letters, cards, texts and emails, which were all at the back of my mind when I was struggling. They helped get me through it as well as the memory of my mum, which was why I was doing it.’

Miss Winstanley, an assistant manager in financial control at HSBC, has raised £2,000 so far for her chosen charity, but she said that did not include donations made on the internet.

She was given £500 from HSBC’s pound for pound staff charity scheme.

She was back at work the next day after her ordeal, after catching the last flight on Sunday evening.

‘Everybody should have a go as it’s great fun. But I’m not sure if I will do it again.
I will probably change my mind next year but at the moment I’m not quite sure.
The last three miles were hard.  I was really struggling to finish, but at the 25th mile I saw my daughter shouting out supporting words to me, which helped.’

GEP Article by Aimee Le Cocq

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