An A&E nurse is over the moon after completing the world famous London Marathon over the weekend to raise nearly £2,000 for the NSPCC.
Heidi Bunn, 41, took up running just three years ago and went on to cross the finish line in The Mall in less than five hours.
The Sutton Bridge woman hit the wall at mile 22 but battled through the pain to complete the 26-mile course in four hours and 38 minutes.
She was inspired to take on the challenge to support the charity due to her work as a nurse at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn.
Heidi is over the moon with her time and has raised £1,800.
She said: “Crossing the finish line was an amazing experience with the sense of achievement and relief in knowing that I had done it.
“Anyone can do it, you just have to be committed.”
Heidi was inspired to get fit three years ago as her 40th birthday approached. She used an NHS phone ap.
She said: “I had never done any exercise at all. I started off with the Coach Potato (app) to 5km and things escalated from there.”
Months of meticulous planning and training paid off for Heidi on Sunday morning.
She said the number of people on the start line was “breathtaking” and it took 29 minutes after the pistol had fired before she could start running due to the queues.
Heidi said: “It is all about preparation and training. Just stick religiously to the plan.
“It was not until mile 18 that my legs were getting heavy and then by mile 22 I hit the wall.
“My legs felt like lead but I had so much support and saw so many people carrying on that I knew I had no choice but to keep going.
“I saw my family just after that point which helped to lift me up.”
Heidi celebrated her achievement with a free omelette and chips, along with a couple of glasses of wine.