London Marathon achievements hailed as Susan overcomes injury

Susan Perry completed the London Marathon after breaking her ankle during the race. Picture: Nick Bu

Susan Perry completed the London Marathon after breaking her ankle during the race. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Experienced marathon runners, beginners and charity fundraisers joined forces as they pounded along the streets of London.

Susan Perry completed the London Marathon after breaking her ankle during the race.Picture: Nick But

Susan Perry completed the London Marathon after breaking her ankle during the race.Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

More than 40 runners from across Lowestoft and Waveney were among 38,000 finishers who completed the gruelling London Marathon on Sunday.

Lowestoft Road Runners were represented by seven club members as they joined 13 members of Waveney Valley AC, 17 Bungay Black Dog club members and others who raised funds for charity in overcoming the hottest day in the Virgin Money London Marathon's 38-year history.

But despite the tough conditions, there was a sense of pride for all as they completed the race and returned home in good spirits.

And for Susan Perry, of Pakefield, the achievement was even more remarkable after she was jostled and landed badly after seven miles of the race. However she battled on to cross the finishing line with what was later discovered to be a broken foot. The Lowestoft Road Runners club member completed the marathon in 4.31.29.

Susan Perry completed the London Marathon after breaking her ankle during the race.Picture: Nick But

Susan Perry completed the London Marathon after breaking her ankle during the race.Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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Mrs Perry said: 'I basically went from never having run a marathon before, to getting a Good For Age place and running the London course for the first time. At mile seven, I was jostled accidentally and tripped, but another runner behind grabbed my top and stopped me from going flying. However, the impact of the fall caused the broken ankle.'

Motivated by raising funds for Sue Ryder and the hospice where her father Mike Perry had spent his last few weeks just over a year ago, she battled on. Mrs Perry said: 'I carried on running and although it hurt quite a bit I slowed the pace down and enjoyed the course.'

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After having her foot taped by a doctor at the finish line, hobbling to the Sue Ryder after party and then – on her return to Lowestoft – attending the A&E department at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, Mrs Perry's right leg is now in plaster for six weeks – but she is continuing to raise funds for charity.

You can pledge support via www.justgiving.com/Susan-Perry5Waveney Valley AC's Ross Lambert was just outside the top 100 finishers as he clocked an impressive 2.38:28. Others recorded personal best times while many raised funds for various charities.

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