I’ll fin­ish marathon even if I have to crawl to the end

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MARATHON NEWS -

A FOR­MER apprentice jockey is run­ning the Lon­don Marathon for a lead­ing can­cer char­ity in mem­ory of her mum who died from the dis­ease.

Elaine Coker, from Or­chard Grove, Chal­font St Peter, is hop­ing to raise £2,000 for Leukaemia CARE af­ter her mum Jean lost her bat­tle to it sev­eral years ago.

Mum of three Mrs Coker runs Coker’s Ex­ec­u­tive Pri­vate Hire with her hus­band Si­mon, and has faced dif­fi­cul­ties in train­ing af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with ten­donitis, which she said hap­pened to her af­ter she ran a ‘20 miler’.

When she was younger Mrs Coker was an apprentice jockey and raced with Lester Pig­gott and Wil­lie Car­son, among other fa­mous jock­eys, at Not­ting­ham Race Course.

Speak­ing about the marathon Mrs Coker said: “I’m ner­vous and ex­cited, it’s a dou­ble edged sword.”

She added: “Even if it takes me eight weeks I will be fin­ish­ing it, even if I have to crawl over the line.

“I should have enough in the tank be­cause I’ve done four half marathons. I did one at Dor­ney Lake about a month ago.”

Be­cause of her in­jury Mrs Coker has had to take it easy in train­ing, and for the last five weeks has had to take up swimming in lieu of run­ning as she con­tin­ues to pre­pare.

Along with the half marathons, Mrs Coker has also em­barked on other chal­lenges such as walk­ing up Mount Ve­su­vius in Italy, and says she en­joys length­ier tests like th­ese.

“I like the chal­lenge of the long dis­tance,” she said. “I just seem to be bet­ter over long dis­tance. I don’t like run­ning fast in short times. I like to just am­ble around.”

Mrs Coker is also rais­ing money for the Chal­fonts Com­mu­nity Col­lege, and said what she is look­ing to the most is ‘the crowds of peo­ple and get­ting to the end to raise some money for Leukaemia CARE and the Com­mu­nity Col­lege for the com­put­ers’.

“It will be great if ev­ery­one donates,” she said.

Visit her fundrais­ing page at https://www. justgiv­ing.com/ElaineCoker1.

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