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