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Marathon mums inspired by kids

PUBLISHED: 11:21 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:51 25 August 2010

FINISHING LINE: Laura Fraser

FINISHING LINE: Laura Fraser

TWO mums running 26.2 miles in aid of separate charities have both been inspired by children to break through the pain barrier and complete the London Marathon. Laura Fraser, 32, of Bridgen Road, Bexley Village, was spurred on last Sunday thinking about

TWO mums running 26.2 miles in aid of separate charities have both been inspired by children to break through the pain barrier and complete the London Marathon.

Laura Fraser, 32, of Bridgen Road, Bexley Village, was spurred on last Sunday thinking about her three-year-old daughter, Isabella, who suffers from cystic fibrosis - a condition which clogs up internal organs making it hard to breathe and digest food.

In a bid to raise £2,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Laura felt the full effects of what endurance athletes call "hitting the wall," where energy levels drop and force of character has to take over.

She said: "At the half-way mark round Tower Bridge I felt great, I was sending messages to friends on Facebook from my Blackberry, but a mile later all the energy went from me.

"You see the elite runners coming passed at the 14-mile stage and I thought I was never going to get to the finish.

"I felt a bit emotional thinking about my daughter, the charity's work trying to find a cure and just had to soldier on."

Months of training saw her through to the finish in a time of 4hrs 48mins.

Tracey Ayling, 41, of Selborne Avenue, Sidcup, was inspired by seeing children from charity, Whizz Kidz, at the event in wheelchairs. Her sponsorship money of £2,500 aims to help disabled children fight feelings of exclusion by providing wheelchair mobility.

Mrs Ayling said: "When the pain in my legs started I thought 'what on earth have I done?'.

"Seeing children from the charity at points along the course, to see them in their wheelchairs, I thought, I'm suffering this pain but I'm helping this person to live a better life. It definitely inspired me."

Her two boys, Jacob, 11 and Oscar, nine, proudly wore T-shirts sporting "Go Mummy". Hubby, Mark Ayling, carried a huge banner with her name on it and helped get their kids to key points on the course to give her an extra lift.

Other marathon runners in the borough included Erith fire fighter, Neil Martin, running in aid of Children with Leukaemia, and 75-year-old Alan Shelley.

Mr Shelley, of Silver Spring Close, Erith, took on the marathon after being inspired by André, an eight-year-old who has autism. He has raised £968 in online sponsorship for the Essex Disabled Sports Foundation.

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